Vanarama National League club Tranmere Rovers have confirmed that they have won the race to sign Chester striker James Alabi.
The Prenton Park club announced on Monday that the England ‘C’ player had signed a two year deal.
He leaves Chester having scored twenty three goals in fifty three starts, ending last season as the Blues top goalscorer with seventeen league goals.
Speaking to the Rovers official website manager Micky Mellon could not hide his delight at signing one of non-league’s most sought-after players.
He said ““I’m delighted that James has agreed to join us.
“He is different to the attacking options we already have so it makes us flexible tactically and will enable us to play in different ways as and when we need to.
“James is a good age and his goalscoring record stands up for itself, so we have plenty of firepower from all the strikers at the club.”
Meanwhile Chester have released a statement on their former striker’s departure, wishing him well for the future but stressing that no compensation deal had been agreed between the two clubs.
Alabi was out of contract with the Blues, but because the striker is under twenty three, they are due compensation from Rovers.
Their statement read “Chester FC are aware of the announcement from Tranmere Rovers that James Alabi has put pen to paper on a two-year contract.
To make the situation clear, James was free to sign with the club of his choice following the expiry of his contract. We have put everything in place to protect the clubs position and if compensation cannot be agreed between the two parties the matter will pass to a tribunal.
As of this time a satisfactory offer of compensation has not been received. Notwithstanding this, we would like to put on record the fact that James has been respectful of Chester FC throughout and indeed thank him for his efforts during his time here when he began to thrive as a player and of course gained his first call up as an England C International.
We wish James good luck for the future and are focussed on an exciting season ahead with a strong set of recruits and fantastic support from our wonderful fans. We will of course issue further updates as and when appropriate”
Alabi could make his Tranmere Rovers debut in their friendly against Premier League neighbours Liverpool on Wednesday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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