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Convicted rapist Ched Evans expected to 'play in Oldham's fixture this weekend' reports say

Ched Evans will reportedly play in Oldham Athletic FC's fixture this weekend.

There has been widespread speculation over the convicted rapist's future.

SkyNews reported that Evans has agreed terms of a move to League One club Oldham Athletic and that he was expected to play in Oldham's fixture this weekend.

According to the Daily Mail the striker is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year deal which will be announced on Thursday.

After much speculation, Oldham confirmed on Monday that they are considering offering Evans a route back into professional football despite a petition attracting 30,000 signatures and sponsors threatening to withdraw funds.

After a conference between board members, chief executive Neil Joy issued a statement under the heading 'Ched Evans' which said the club would "continue to have conversations with representative bodies such as the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) and will conduct due diligence with regard to any decision we make on this matter."

Despite expectations to the contrary, there was no press conference to announce Evans' signing and the 26-year-old did not train with the Oldham squad.

Evans' future has been the source of debate since he was released last October half way through a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Sheffield United, with whom Evans last played three years ago, offered the striker a chance to train with them last November but they retracted the invitation after it caused uproar.

Hartlepool and Tranmere, both wary of a similar scenario, rejected the opportunity to enter discussions with the former Manchester City forward last year.

Oldham, however, chose to begin a second round of negotiations with the Welshman despite insisting last month that they would not sign Evans.

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