Leicester complete signing of Jonny Evans from West Brom

Leicester complete signing of Jonny Evans from West Brom

Leicester City have announced the signing of defender Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion on a three-year contract.

Evans joined West Brom in 2015 having made 198 appearances for Manchester United, where he won three Premier League titles and two League Cups.

The Northern Ireland international played 95 times for the Baggies across all competitions, including 28 Premier League appearances in 2017/18 as West Brom were relegated to the Championship.

Despite being part an Albion side that finished bottom of the table last term, Leicester manager Claude Puel believes Evans’s arrival will be a big boost to the Foxes’ squad.

“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,” Puel told the club’s official website.

“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.”

Evans himself has revealed he didn’t think twice when the opportunity to join Leicester came up.

“It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through,” he said. “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.”

West Brom may have propped up the Premier League table last season, but five sides – including Leicester – conceded more goals than the Baggies across the campaign.

Evans had been linked with a move to Manchester City in the January transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise.

Manchester City instead signed Aymeric Laporte from Athetlic Bilbao, which is perhaps why they haven’t gone back in for Evans.