Amble teenager Luke James was involved in a deadline-day transfer yesterday as he signed for third-tier high-flyers Peterborough United.
The four-year deal, which sees the young striker leave Sky Bet League Two club Hartlepool United, was announced by Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony less than 90 minutes before the summer transfer window closed.
James – who made his 100th appearance for Pools at the weekend – finished top-scorer for the Clarence Road club last season, netting 16 goals.
But the unsettled 19-year-old had been linked with a big-money move to League One Peterborough since Thursday, August 7 – two days before the opening match of the season away at Stevenage.
James, rumoured to have moved in a deal worth around £1million, has been handed the number nine shirt vacated by Britt Assombalonga.
Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson told the club’s website: “I am delighted to get this bit of business done. I think everyone is aware that we have been interested in Luke for quite a while. We have had to be patient, but we have used our experience from other deals in this transfer.
“I am grateful to my chairman and to Barry Fry for getting this deal over the line. We are delighted to get him. We felt we needed a number nine. He is a goal-scorer, he has a great attitude and he can’t wait to get started.”
For more, see Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette.