Chris Wilder refuses to speculate over rumoured Ched Evans return

Chesterfield's Ched EvansChesterfield's Ched Evans
Chesterfield's Ched Evans
SHEFFIELD UNITED manager Chris Wilder has straight-batted persistent rumours linking the club with a move for old boy Ched Evans.

Various reports this week have stated that the Chesterfield striker will make a return to Bramall Lane in the summer, two and a half years after the club withdrew an offer for him to train with them following a backlash from fans and patrons.

It came shortly after the Welshman had been released from prison after being convicted of a rape which he was cleared of at a retrial last year.

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Evans has now been tipped to return to the Blades for a second spell, having scored 42 times in 103 league appearances in his time at the club from 2008-12.

On Evans links with a move back to the club, Wilder said: “Unless they have got a red and white shirt on, we will not discuss individual signings.

“There is obviously recruitment going on (behind the scenes) and we understand that and myself and the football club are well underway and totally understand (it) and are working within a budget.

“There are all sorts of players out there. But I am not going to comment (on Evans) and I am going to keep consistent with that approach for the ins as well as the outs.”