Ipswich fear as chase for Ched hots up

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IPSWICH Town risk being gazumped in the race for Sheffield United striker Ched Evans after it emerged at least two of their Championship rivals have also expressed an interest in the Wales international.

Paul Jewell, the Ipswich manager, confirmed earlier this week that he wants to sign Evans following a disappointing two-year spell at Bramall Lane.

But while Portman Road still appears the former Manchester City youngster’s most likely destination, sources close to United last night revealed that Jewell’s admission has prompted other potential buyers to make contact.

Middlesbrough and Leicester City have both previously been linked with Evans.

“Ipswich are not the only ones keen on Ched,” one said.

“They have made their interest public but, since then, other people have got in touch too.”

United spent £3 million acquiring Evans’ services in July 2009 but he has scored only 13 times in 71 appearances. With the club relegated from the Championship last season, directors have made no attempt to disguise the fact that Evans must be sold to help ease the pressure on United’s wage bill.

Although Jewell claimed that Town have yet to submit an official bid, The Star understands interested parties have been made aware of how much it will cost to prise Evans away from United.

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