Split-second Decision

Last updated : 05 January 2007 By Martyn Bowers
Evans had a whole bunch of clubs chasing after his signature from inside, and outside the Premiership. In the end he chose to join Sunderland and help their bid for promotion from the Championship. He signed a loan deal until the end of the season 2 days ago.

Evans said: "I spoke to Sir Alex [Ferguson] and he asked me where I wanted to go. I said without hesitation Sunderland and he phoned Roy Keane there and then. I can't wait to get going."

The Northern-Ireland international had his first training session yesterday and is widely expected to make his debut on Saturday in the F.A. Cup versus Preston.

The whizkid said: "I'm delighted it is done and I hope to be involved on Saturday.

"Sunderland's a massive club. I remember watching them when Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips were scoring goals in the Premiership, thinking what a good club they are.

"Going out on loan is all part of my football education. I want to improve, make the next step. Roy Keane was a big part of me coming here, a lot of players look up to him, including me."