Ched Evans has agreed personal terms with Oldham Athletic, according to Sky Sports.
The highly controversial deal surrounding convicted rapist Ched Evans moving to Oldham seems to have moved a step closer, with personal terms now being agreed.
Over 30,000 people have signed a petition to the club calling for Evans to not be reinstated in English football, with over one person per second adding their signature in the first 30 minutes of going live on change.org.
Oldham Athletic sponsors Mecca Bingo and Verlin Rainwater Solutions have made it clear to the League One outfit that they will not endorse the signing of Evans and would terminate their sponsorship if the deal were to go through, however it seems that the Latics would prefer to sign the striker.
Evans was convicted of raping a girl in a hotel and was subsequently given a five year jail sentence.
Before serving half of his five year jail sentence Evans was highly-rated striker, and accrued 13 appearances for the Wales national side, and also scoring 42 goals in 103 appearances for League One outfit Sheffield Utd.
The Blades had hoped to regain the services of their forward but later withdrew their offer after a separate change.org petition received over 160,000 signatures urging the club not to allow the forward to continue to ply his trade at Brammall Lane.
There will no doubt be a significant backlash against any potential deal, however it seems that Oldham are prepared to receive the negative attention that would come part and parcel of any deal.
Oldham currently sit in 14th position in Sky Bet League One, having accrued 30 points from 24 league games, and Evans could help provide them with much needed firepower to propel them up the division.