Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been offered a contract by Maltese club Hibernians.
The former Sheffield United striker, 26,
after serving half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.
Club vice-president Stephen Vaughan said: “We are looking for a top striker and Ched fits the bill.
“We’ve spoken to his agent and offered a deal until the end of the season.”
Evans played for Sheffield United at the time of his conviction and, after his release from prison, was initially given permission to use the League One club’s training facilities.
after strong opposition from some supporters and club patrons.
More than 165,000 people signed a petition opposing Evans’s possible re-employment by the club.
Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore stated in December that
before the Football League’s bottom club
Evans continues to maintain his innocence. An
Former Wales striker Nathan Blake said Evans might be “underestimating the reaction” he will receive in Malta.
“He’ll never get a club in Britain, the public have spoken.
“He’s not helped himself by not apologising for what he’s done and he’s probably underestimating the reaction he’s going to get abroad.”
Hibernians technical director Jeffrey Farrugia said: “Our supporters are waiting for him minute by minute to come here. That is the reaction.
“I’m waiting for his agent to call to see what’s going to happen.
“We have a big chance to win the title and we can quality for the Champions League.”
Hibernians are 15 points clear at the top of the Malta’s domestic league, having dropped just two points in 16 games.
The champions of Malta will enter next season’s Champions League at the second qualifying round.