Kinnear captures Evans and Gerrard

Last updated : 25 March 2004 By Daniel Mounser
Evans, 29, who is a Welsh international and has won player of the year for the last two seasons, joins for £25,000 whereas Gerrard completed a loan switch until the end of the season.

Gerrard, 31, has had experience in Division One following a loan move to Sheffield United this season but has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison behind Nigel Martyn and Richard Wright.

Both players should be in the squad to face Crewe at the City Ground on Saturday 27 March.

The Toffee goalkeepers' loan move has scuppered any potential loan bid for Fulham's Mark Crossley.

Crossley told "I am injured at the moment but I would certainly be willing to come back on loan, but because I am contracted at Fulham it is out of my hands,"

He added: "But they wouldn't have to ask me twice to go back."

Kinnear also made an audacious bid to bring former Forest favourite David Prutton back on loan from Southampton.

He told the club's official website: "I have tried to get one of our ex-players back who is at Southampton but I haven't had too much joy with that."

Prutton, who has only started 22 games for The Saints, left The City Ground in January 2003 for £2.5m.

Matthieu Louis-Jean was supposedly on the move to West Ham United for around £250,000 until Kinnear rubbished any sale by claiming Alan Pardew wouldn't even buy Matthieu's jock-strap for that price.

All-in-all it's been a busy day down on Trentside...