Ched Evans, the footballer, who fought a four-year legal battle to clear his name after being convicted of rape, culminating in his acquittal of rape at a retrial last year, is set to join his former team in a move that could divide many of its loyal fans. Sheffield United, who have just been crowned Champions of League One, are close to re-signing the player, whose conviction for an alleged sex attack was quashed last year. Evans, 28, a former Welsh international, was jailed in 2012 after being convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room following a night out in Rhyl, North Wales.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to strengthen his defence for the new campaign and is likely to allow Kevin Wimmer to leave. Maguire, 24, has impressed Tottenham scouts with his performances for Hull this term, where he has been at the forefront of their attempts to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Maguire has shown he can operate in both a back three and a back four, is comfortable on the ball and quick to anticipate danger.