Sunday 24 March 2019

Boost for Bohs with Ali Reghba set to rejoin club on short term contract

Ali Reghba
Ali Reghba
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bohemians have received a boost ahead of the close of the Irish transfer deadline with teenage striker Ali Reghba agreeing to return to Dalymount Park - albeit on a short term basis.

The 19-year-old is set to sign a deal for the 2019 season but he is expected to join Leicester City in the summer - it's understood that agreement is factored into his contract with Bohs.

Reghba was on trial with the Premier League club over the winter and made a positive impression, yet the respective parties were unable to complete a deal at that juncture.

A host of League of Ireland clubs were keen to bring the highly rated striker into their ranks with St Patrick's Athletic, Shamrock Rovers, Bray and Drogheda amongst those to make enquiries.

However, Reghba has opted to return to Bohs where his presence will strengthen Keith Long's hand heading into a hectic period of the League of Ireland season.

Reghba was born in Germany to an Irish mother and an Algerian father and is involved with the Irish U19 squad.

He broke into Long's first team towards the end of the season and scored a brace on his debut against St Patrick's Athletic to really turn heads.

The imposing attacker also spent time on trial at Middlesbrough during the off-season. Leeds United also eyed up a move for the ex-Shelbourne youth.

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