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Valletta to sign Nigerian striker

Valletta are set to sign Joseph Jojo Agonuppe after the Nigerian striker left a very positive impression during training.

Agonuppe, who has reportedly represented Nigeria at youth level, joined Valletta for a trial last week as the champions increased their efforts to boost their attacking options.

The 20-year-old striker’s chances of landing a deal looked good from the outset as Agonuppe made a flying start to his City trial.

His overall contribution looks to have convinced Valletta coach Mark Miller to offer him a contract.

Sources have told The Times that Valletta have already made a request for Agonuppe’s international transfer certificate.

If the champions manage to finalise Agonuppe’s registration paperwork today, the Nigerian, who has had a spell in Latvia, could be included in the squad for tomorrow’s league match against Qormi.

Agonuppe will become Valletta’s second signing in the space of a few weeks following the arrival of Belgian defender Jason Lee Vandelannoite.

The former Qormi and Hibs centre-half has been training with Valletta since last month but must wait until January to make his debut as he had a valid contract with the Paolites before his move to the Citizens.

The acquisition of two new foreigners is a clear indication that Valletta are not entirely happy with the performances of some of their five Brazilian players.

Ricardo, Gabriel and Leandro joined fellow Brazilians Denni and William Barbosa at Valletta last summer.

Valletta are reportedly keen to have a look at other foreign players with a view to further reinforcing their squad in January.

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