WANDERERS are at the front of the queue to sign Portsmouth’s attacking midfielder, Gareth Evans claim reports on the south coast.

The Macclesfield-born 32-year-old is looking for a return to the North West and did not train yesterday as he completed the formalities of a move away from Fratton Park.

Bradford City have also been linked with a move for the former Rotherham United man.

Although there was no official word from Wanderers yesterday, Evans certainly fits the profile of player that Ian Evatt has been looking to add to his squad of late.

The right-sided Evans can play as an orthodox midfielder, a right-back, a winger or a number 10 and so would be able to play in either system Evatt has employed in recent weeks.

He has been with Pompey for the last five years, amassing more than 200 appearances for the club and helping them gain promotion from League Two in 2017.

Evans is also close pals with Wanderers skipper, Antoni Sarcevic, who played alongside him at Fleetwood, a spell which included more League Two silverware.