Cherries close to Evans deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Evans has been on trial at Dean Court and has impressed Cherries chief O'Driscoll.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper spent the bulk of last term on loan at Queens Park Rangers and another spell away from Stamford Bridge is in the pipeline.
"We need a goalkeeper and if we can do something with Chelsea then we will," O'Driscoll told the club's official website.
"We'd like to do something with Rhys and Chelsea are quite keen to do it as well so it's just a case of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.
"The deal would probably be a year-long loan. He's got a year left on his contract and if he does well here it puts him in the shop window."
O'Driscoll hinted, though, that if he was unable to clinch the signing of the England Under-20 international, he would switch his sights elsewhere before the Third Division curtain-raiser against new boys Boston United on Saturday.
He added: "Whatever happens, I don't want to go to Boston on Saturday with just one keeper."
However, O'Driscoll will require the PFA's permission before he can wrap up the Evans deal as they currently have a transfer embargo placed on them prohibiting them from signing players.
The Cherries borrowed in the region of £120,000 from the PFA to pay the wages for July and the embargo has also prevented them from signing Danny Bloomfield.
The 20-year-old striker has been on trial on the South Coast but chairman Peter Phillips was optimistic of concluding the capture.
"We can't confirm the transfer until the PFA have given their permission but we are very confident that it won't be a problem," said Phillips.
"It is normal standard practice for the PFA to place an embargo when they have loaned money to help clubs through difficult periods.
"They won't allow clubs to spend money buying players or offering contracts when they know the club is struggling to pay its existing wage bill."