🛑| Mariners set to miss out on Nigerian striker

In an update to our original story on the Grimsby Town’s interest in Nigerian striker Moses Ogbu, the Mariners look set to miss out on the frontman, according to the player’s agent.

We reached out to Ogbu’s agent Innocent Okeke through social media and he categorically told us:

“Moses Ogbu will not be joining Grimsby Town. The player will be moving to a club in Asia, which we are hoping to conclude in the next few days.”

But all may not be lost in Michael Jolley’s pursuit of a player he holds in high regard from his time managing in Sweden with AFC Eskilstuna.

Frida Fagerlund, a journalist for Sweden’s leading sports newspaper Sportsbladet tweeted:

“There is the connection with Michael Jolley but it is unlikely that any deal will be concluded today.

“The player (Ogbu) is a free agent, so he can take it easy (in terms of securing a new club).”

Upsala Nya Tidning also confirmed that the player would be able to complete a move to England after the close of the transfer window, due to being a free agent after his departure from IK Sirius at the end of the Swedish season, which finished in November – similar to how Andrew Fox joined Town last term.

But the daily Uppsala newspaper also reached out to Okeke for details on the player’s future and he rubbished any chance of Ogbu moving to the Mariners.

It is understood that the striker would have become the highest-paid player at Blundell Park, with Jolley shuffling his pack in recent days to try and accommodate the Nigerian forward, with Fox, Ben Pringle, Akin Famewo and Mitch Rose all leaving Cleethorpes recently.

And uncertainty over the probability of Ogbu becoming a Grimsby Town player may have prompted Jolley to make the loan move for Notts County striker Kristian Dennis earlier on transfer deadline day.


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