Peterborough United have secured the signing of former Tottenham Hotspur striker Souleymane Coulibaly following a successful trial period.
The 20-year-old was offered a trial at the club after impressing after a similar stay at League One rival Crewe Alexandra. The Ivory Coast under 20 international scored three goals in two pre-season games for Crewe against opposition from the North West Counties League, complete with a back-flip celebration.
Coulibaly said; “I am really happy to be here, to play in England is something that I have wanted to do for a very long time. I was on trial at Crewe, but when Peterborough contacted me and invited me to come in and train, it was something that I wanted to do.”
Coulibaly began his career with Spurs, but failed to break into the first team. In 2013 he went on loan to Italian Serie B side Grosetto where he scored two goals in 12 apperances. He then returned to Italy in 2014 after being signed by Bari but was subsquently sent on loan to Italian third division side AC Pistoise where he scored three goals in 25 apperances.
Coulibaly added “I spent three years at Tottenham, but I never played in the first team, it was only friendly games. I left, but I am very excited to play for Posh and do my best for the team. I can’t wait to get started.”
Coulibaly also has experience on the national stage representing the Ivory Coast at youth level. He bagged a hat-trick against Brazil in the under 17 World Cup before going on to be the tournament’s top scorer, form that attracted interest from a host of top European clubs.
Manager Dave Robertson said: “I think a few people might think that because we played Tottenham that is how the deal was done, but he has been on our radar for a while as part of our recruitment strategy and it is great to have him on board. He has been training with us and we know what he can bring to us.”