Smith close to signing striker

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A LIGHTNING quick young goal-getter, who had trials at Scottish giants Celtic over the summer, is on the verge of a move to AFC Sudbury.

Yellows boss Nicky Smith is close to capturing the signing of highly-rated 19-year-old Dubi Ogbonna from Zamaretto League Division One Central outfit Soham Town Rangers.

The MEL Group Stadium outfit also have a seven-day approach in for a former Football League target man and a defender, though could lose talented Ryan Henshaw, as Smith looks to firm up his squad for a charge to the play-off places.

Ogbonna smashed in 20 goals in the equivalent league to AFC’s Ryman Division One North last season, bringing him to the attention of Celtic, where he went on trial before Aberdeen. English League Two club Southend United also looked at him.

With top scorer James Baker now sidelined until mid-March while he recovers from knee surgery, the addition of Ogbonna would be a coup for AFC ahead of the run-in.

Soham Town Rangers boss Ian Benjamin has admitted he is resigned to losing the Nigerian-born forward.

Speaking about Ogbonna, AFC boss Nicky Smith said: “He is someone I looked at a couple of months ago and through the football world I heard he was not too happy at Soham and hopefully we can get him on board as soon as possible.”

Despite a seven-day approach for Ogbonna, who has nine goals in 20 appearances so far this campaign, Smith is hopeful his friend Benjamin will allow him to speak to his player with the view to sorting out a deal ahead of AFC’s home crunch-clash with sixth-placed Potters Bar Town on Saturday (3pm).