Ched chase hots up

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CARDIFF City could be come the latest club to express an interest in Ched Evans, The Star understands.

Evans, who will be allowed to leave Sheffield United following their relegation from the Championship last season, also boasts admirers at Middlesbrough, but their efforts to prise him away from Bramall Lane have become entangled by red tape.

Although United have refused to publicly discuss their summer rebuilding plans, there is an acceptance behind the scenes that Evans must be off-loaded before the League One campaign gets underway in August.

Cardiff, who are believed to have handed new manager Malky Mackay a substantial transfer war chest after prising him away from Watford, could exploit the situation by offering Evans an immediate route back into football’s second tier.

However, they have yet to make contact with United.

Sources in the principality yesterday reported the Wales striker, who has scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for United, features on a provisional list of targets which also reportedly includes international colleague Craig Bellamy, Scotland’s Craig Conway and Andrew Taylor of Middlesbrough.

Evans cost £3m when he arrived from Manchester City in 2009 but has yet to realise his potential in South Yorkshire.

Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson is known to have mentioned the 22-year-old during discussions with his coaching staff at The Walkers Stadium.

But recently insisted he has not submitted a bid.