Grimsby Town are again expected to make a move for Nigerian forward Moses Ogbu, after missing out on the signing of Jamie Devitt
The Mariners face stiff competition for the 28-year-old but sources close to the player state that he is knows it is ‘now or never’ if he is going to accept the challenge of English football, and his preferred destination would be Blundell Park, to work under the tutelage of Michael Jolley, with whom he is familiar from their respective times in Sweden.
Town’s interest in the player originally started in January, when the Mariners’ board lined up a ‘substantial package’ to bring the player to Blundell Park, in a story that was exclusively broken on this site.
But Moses opted to move to UAE side Al-Ain, although he has now been told he can leave the club on a free transfer.
That has sparked interest in the 28-year-old from former club IK Sirius, who are keen on bringing the player back for a third spell, and Israeli outfit Hapoel Haifa.
So, if the Mariners are to secure the player’s signature, they will have to move quickly, perhaps within the next few days. It is also believed that any deal will initially be for one-year.
Ogbu’s versatility of playing up top, on either wing, or behind the strikers, is seen as key to Jolley’s side for next season.
A product of the Dynamo Football Academy in Nigeria, Moses moved to Sweden in 2009 with Gimo IF, where he scored twice in eleven games to earn a move to IK Sirius.
He originally spent five years with the Uppsala club, netting 40 times in 128 league outings, before a 2016 switch to Jonkopings Sodra.
His stay with Sodra was a short one, just a dozen games, returning to Sirius on loan, before completing a permanent switch back to the club in 2017.