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TRANSFER LATEST: George Evans deal moves closer as Sunderland formally agree terms with Reading

Sunderland have moved a step closer to signing George Evans after they formally agree a deal with Reading for the midfielder this afternoon.

Reading v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Play Off: Second Leg Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Earlier this week we told you how we had agreed a fee with an unnamed Championship player, a midfielder that was revealed to be Reading’s George Evans.

We understand that, this afternoon, a formal deal was agreed between Sunderland and the Royals in order to facilitate the transfer of the ex-Manchester City youth captain.

Now that all the formalities with Reading are out of the way, the 23-year-old is expected to leave Reading’s Austrian training camp in order to travel to Wearside to undergo a medical, with personal terms not thought to be an issue.

Evans had a successful campaign in 2016/17 where he was a mainstay in the side as Reading made were pipped by Huddersfield in the play-off final, but he found himself in and out of the side last season as his side struggled under both Jaap Stam and Paul Clement.

Reading v Queens Park Rangers - Sky Bet Championship
Evans hugs Vito Mannone, a former Sunderland favourite
Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

Should Evans complete his move to Sunderland he will become Jack Ross’ seventh signing of the summer after the arrivals of Alim Ozturk, Jon McLaughlin, Chris Maguire, Tom Flanagan, Reece James and Dylan McGeouch.

That number may soon swell into double figures as the club are waiting to hear about bids that have been made for Charlie Wyke and Mohamed Eisa, whilst they retain a strong interest in Sheffield United veteran Billy Sharp.

If you want the lowdown on what to expect from Evans, we spoke to our friends at Reading fansite ‘The Tilehurst End’ - and you can read that HERE.

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