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Official: Leicester City sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans for £3.5m in a 3year deal

Leicester City have completed the £3.5million signing of West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans.

The 30-year-old completed his medical on Thursday and has signed a three-year deal with wages understood to be around £80,000-a-week at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have landed the Northern Ireland international for a cut-price fee after triggering a clause in Evans’s contract following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League.

Evans told the club website: ‘It’s great to be part of this club and I’m happy it’s all gone through. 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 wants to push the club forward.

‘I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this football club.

Evans has been a long-term target for Leicester, who tried to land the former Manchester United defender last summer but had multiple bids of up to £23m rejected.

Evans becomes Leicester’s second signing of the transfer window following the £22m arrival of Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira.

Leicester boss Claude Puel is also hoping to sign Alexsandar Dragovic on a permanent deal. The Austria international spent last season on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

Leicester are also leading the race to land highly-rated Norwich playmaker James Maddison in a deal worth around £20m.

Everton and Fulham are also said to be interested in the England under-21 international but Maddison is believed to prefer a move to Leicester to be closer to his family.

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