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Floriana sign Grech, closing in on Akpan

Leighton Grech (left) poses with the Floriana shirt alongside president Riccardo Gaucci.

Leighton Grech (left) poses with the Floriana shirt alongside president Riccardo Gaucci.

Leighton Grech is a new player of Floriana FC, the Premier League club announced yesterday.

The 27-year-old winger has been training with the Greens squad for a week and has left a positive impression on coach Giovanni Tedesco who has decided to offer the 27-year-old a contract.

Grech, formerly of Birkirkara and Vittoriosa Stars amongst others, has agreed personal terms and has put pen to paper on a two-year contract.

Floriana are also in talks to sign Nigeria-born goalkeeper Ini Akpan.

The 32-year-old has been on the books of Birkirkara FC for the past four seasons but has failed to win a regular place in the Stripes goal.

Sources have told Times of Malta that Floriana have opened talks with the Stripes to sign the veteran goalkeeper and it is understood that a deal is close to be reached.

If Akpan reaches an agreement to join the Greens it may well put a question mark on the future of Justin Haber who was dropped for Thursday’s second leg tie against Red Star Belgrade at the Hibs Stadium.

St Andrews have presented their latest overseas signing, Italian forward Federico Mini.

The attacking midfielder has signed a one-year contract and will be in his first experience in Maltese football having been on the books of Serie A side Udinese and Pordenone.

Mini is the second signing completed by St Andrews this week after they reached a deal to acquire the services of defender Adrian Borg, who last season was on the books of Pembroke Athleta.

The Saints have also secured the future of midfielder Jacob Walker.

The 20-year-old has sealed a new two-year contract with St Andrews and is likely to play a big role for coach Danilo Doncic this season following the departure of Dale Camilleri to Ħamrun Spartans.

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