Lee Evans set to become Ipswich Town's second summer signing
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Ipswich Town are closing in on their second signing of the transfer window - former Wigan midfielder Lee Evans.
The EADT and Ipswich Star understands that the 26-year-old is due in Suffolk for a medical today and could quickly join yesterday's recruit, Wes Burns, in putting pen to paper.
The Blues' new CEO, Mark Ashton, only officially started on Tuesday, but looks set to land two players before his first week in the job is over.
Evans played a central role during all three of Paul Cook’s seasons in charge at Wigan, twice being brought in on loan – first from Wolves and then from Sheffield United – before signing permanently in January 2019.
During that period, Wigan won the League One title and were looking a progressive Championship club until a shock administration.
Four-cap Welsh international Evans was one of only three players to stay on at the DW Stadium last summer. He subsequently underwent a knee operation in December but was back in the team three months later.
After finishing the season with 24 starts to his name, Evans came to the end of his contract and was offered fresh terms by boss Leam Richardson under the Lancashire club's new owners.
The Welshman has been part of several successful seasons during his career. After helping Newport County get promoted to the Football League in 2013, he went on to be a part of the Wolves side that secured the League One title in impressive fashion (13/14) before finishing seventh in the Championship.
He subsequently joined Bradford on loan, helping them secure a League One play-off place in 2016.
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After another season back in the Championship with Wolves, in which the West Midlands side finished 15th under the management of Walter Zenga and Paul Lambert, Evans was loaned to Wigan by new boss Nuno Espirito Sanchez and helped set the team on their way towards the League One title before making a £750k January switch to newly-promoted Championship club Sheffield United.
Six months later he was back at Wigan on loan, a move which would later become permanent. To date, he has racked racked up 98 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the Latics.