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Leicester City officially sign defender Jonny Evans from West Brom

The Foxes finally get their man.

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Jonny Evans is officially making his long-rumored move to the East Midlands and will join the Foxes on a three-year deal.

The transfer fee is thought to be around £3 million because of a relegation release clause in his contract. That fee represents a bargain compared to the fees West Brom requested in previous windows - reported to be in excess of £20 million.

The 30-year-old center-half spent several years at Manchester United before joining the Baggies in 2015. In his time at those clubs he has shown a willingness to throw his body around when needed as well as comfort on the ball. These attributes could put Evans in position to challenge Wes Morgan for a spot next to Harry Maguire in the XI.

Evans spoke with LCFC TV about his reasons for picking Leicester City:

It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through and obviously I wanted my future sorted quickly. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone involved that I’ve spoken to wants to push the club on. Obviously they’ve got good players and a great stadium to play at. There was a lot of factors that came into it and it was one that really excited me. I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club.

On the club’s official website Claude Puel was quoted expressing his excitement:

Jonny is a player of great experience in the Premier League and to have him as part of our squad is fantastic news for the Football Club. He knows exactly what it takes, he is a winner and a leader. He will bring a great deal to our squad and I’m delighted to welcome him to Leicester City.

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