Leicester City sign Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion

Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans

Leicester triggered Evans' £3.5m release clause at West Brom following their relegation to the Championship.

Leicester manager Claude Puel is delighted to have signed the central defender, who was the subject of failed bids from Arsenal and Manchester City past year.

The Northern Irish defender has attracted plenty from interest over the last 12 months, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United linked with moves to secure his services.

Northern Ireland worldwide Evans had attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester City during the January transfer window, but the Baggies were able to hold on to him for the remainder of the campaign.

The 70-times-capped Northern Ireland global has signed a three-year deal and moved for an undisclosed fee, although it is understood the 2016 Premier League champions activated a relegation clause in his contract to land him for just £3million.

He has signed a three-year contract with the Foxes and becomes the team's second summer signing after Portuguese defender Ricardo Pereira.

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Three-time Premier League champion Evans said: "When this opportunity came up, it's one that I couldn't turn down".

"He knows exactly what it takes".

"It's an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward, " Evans told Leicester's website.

"It's a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic".

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