Leicester City sign Jonny Evans, Crystal Palace capture Vicente Guaita
Leicester City have bolstered their defence by signing West Bromwich Albion skipper Jonny Evans, while fellow Premier league side Crystal Place have signed Vicente Guaita from La Liga side GetafeUpdated: Jun 08, 2018 20:45 IST
Jonny Evans has completed his transfer from relegated West Brom to Leicester City on a three-year deal.
The former Manchester United centre-back often impressed during his three years at The Hawthorns and had been heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester City last year.
But the 2017-18 season was a disaster for West Brom, as they were relegated from the Premier League despite a late push for survival under Darren Moore following the sacking of Alan Pardew.
Although his form on the pitch was steady, Evans played his part in disrupting the club’s campaign, as he was one of four members of the squad involved in an incident during a team break to Barcelona in February.
Evans, Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore were forced to apologise after they broke the club’s curfew on a night out and were alleged to have “borrowed” a taxi, though a legal investigation was unable to find them guilty due to a lack of evidence.
The Northern Ireland international will be hoping for a less tumultuous season at the King Power Stadium next term, as he praised Leicester’s ambition.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 30-year-old said: “It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down.”
Palace sign Guaita
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of goalkeeper Vicente Guaita from LaLiga outfit Getafe on a three-year deal.
The 31-year-old will officially become an Eagles player on July 1 when his contract with the Spanish side expires and is Roy Hodgson’s first signing ahead of the new Premier League season.
Guaita kept 12 clean sheets for Getafe last season, helping the side finish in eighth place in their first campaign back in the top flight, and started his career at Valencia - making over 100 appearances for Los Che.
Palace have been eyeing a new goalkeeper due to uncertainties surrounding the future of veteran shot-stopper Julian Speroni and first-choice number one Wayne Hennessey. The pair are both out of contract at the end of this month.