The Foxes activated the ‘relegation’ release clause in the Northern Ireland’s contract and landed the experienced centre-back for £3.5m. Evans signed a three-year deal worth £80,000 per week.
Previous transfer windows saw the former Baggies captain heavily linked with both Manchester City and Arsenal, but this time around, neither club was prepared to make good on their previous interest.
It means West Brom, as well as losing out financially on dropping into the Championship, also lost £20m on the fee the Foxes were willing to pay last summer. Albion rejected a £23m bid from Leicester as well as one for £13m the Gunners offered at the end of the January transfer window.
Then-Albion boss Alan Pardew, convinced they would avoid the drop, was scathing in his opinion on how Arsenal approached the deal and refused to sanction the sale. It didn’t help West Brom in their survival or future.
Evans to the Leicester City website,
‘It’s great to join and I’m happy it’s all gone through. When this opportunity came up, it’s one that I couldn’t turn down. It’s an ambitious club, the owners are ambitious and everyone wants to push the club forward.
“I hope that I can give lots to the team and the club. It’s a great place to play football, the fans really get behind the team and the players are fantastic – these are all factors that made me want to sign for this football club.”