CHED Evans has been offered a way back into football – by Maltese side Hibernians.
Evans had been briefly linked with Hartlepool United last month before owners TMH 2014 announced Pools would not be looking to sign the Welsh striker.
The 26-year-old convicted rapist has failed to relaunch his career in England following his release from prison.
However, but the Maltese club, 15 points clear at the top of their domestic league, have told Press Association Sport that they have made an offer to Evans for the remainder of the season.
Club vice-president Stephen Vaughan told PA Sport: “We are looking to secure the services of a top striker and Ched fits the bill.
“We’ve spoken to his agent and have offered a deal from now until the end of the season.”
Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping a woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.
The former Sheffield United striker denied the offence, saying the sex was consensual, but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.
After his release in October, Evans released a video on his website protesting his innocence and vowing to clear his name.
His attempts to get his career back on track – with clubs including Sheffield United and Pools – have been thwarted by public backlashes.
He scored 42 goals in 103 games for Sheffield United.