Posh to sign prolific Irish striker

Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley is set to join Posh.

Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley is set to join Posh.

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Peterborough United are expected to announce the arrival of prolific Cliftonville goalscorer Joe Gormley early next week.

Reports in Belfast today (June 13) suggest that Cliftonville have accepted an undisclosed offer for a 26 year-old striker who scored 40 goals for his club last season.

Gormley has long held an ambition to play in the Football League and Posh look set to give him his chance.

Posh director of football Barry Fry. the man in charge of all transfer negotiations at the ABAX Stadium, told the Peterborough Telegraph last week that he was close to completing a transfer to the club of a striker.

First-team manager Dave Robertson returned from a family holiday last week so the move should be rubber-stamped in the next couple of days.

Gormley’s club record 40 goals for Irish Premiership side Cliftonville last season included five hat-tricks. He scored 30 goals the season before and scored 61 goals in a season for Irish amateur side Crumlin Star.

Gormley is the reigning Northern Ireland football writers player-of-the-season after helping Cliftonville to the County Antrim Shield and League Cup last season. Gormley was also a key man when Cliftonville won back-to-back titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Posh have also been linked recently with Bolton’s attacking midfielder Sanmi Odelusi who spent time on loan at Coventry City last season,