Notts County have announced the signing of Izale McLeod from Crawley Town for an undisclosed six-figure fee.
The Perry Barr-born had an outstanding League One campaign with Crawley last season, netting 21 goals in 45 starts but could not prevent them from relegation to League Two.
The 30-year-old signed a two-year deal and was unveiled at half-time of Saturday’s game with Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane.
A £100,000 bid was kicked back by Crawley earlier this month, but negotiations were reopened to try and reach an agreement.
Notts chairman Ray Trew said that the Nottingham club had been working to snap up the player for a long time.
Guy Branston, the club’s Head of Recruitment, explained why McLeod fits in the profile.
“He’s a prolific goal scorer up and down the leagues’’, he said. ‘’He’s quick, powerful and his record at our level is fantastic.
“We’d identified him early on in the transfer window but we saw him as the goal scorer to get us out of this league”.
McLeod began his career with Derby County and moved to MK Dons in 2004, where he impressed with 54 goals in 117 games. His next move to Charlton Athletic three years later involved three separate loan spells.
The Magpies manager Ricardo Moniz will now hope the new signing will lead what he previously described as a ‘limited frontline’, with Jon Stead and Jimmy Spencer struggling to deliver the goods.
McLeod will be available for the League Cup fixture at Aston Villa on Tuesday.
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