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Siriki Dembélé: Peterborough United make Grimsby Town forward their ninth signing of the summer

Siriki Dembélé has become the latest player to join Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have made their ninth signing of the transfer window, with Grimsby Town forward Siriki Dembélé becoming the latest player to make the move to the ABAX Stadium.

Posh beat off competition from a number of other clubs to secure the signature of the 21-year-old Ivorian who scored four goals in 39 appearances for the Mariners.

Dembélé was named the EFL Young Player of the Month for October and signed for Grimsby last summer on the back of an impressive performance during a trial match.

He put in a transfer request earlier this month to try and force through a move away from Blundell Park.

Posh have paid Grimsby an undisclosed fee, with Dembélé agreeing a three-year contract.

“I’m delighted we have got Siriki on board. He is a young man, and I’ll be quite frank and say, that he first caught my attention at Grimsby Town and it’s fair to say that my full-back, on that day, didn’t recover from what Siriki did in that performance," manager Steve Evans said.

“I’ve tracked him ever since, I’ve asked other people to track him and despite different, significant offers for him, I went home yesterday believing that this deal couldn’t be done.

"So I give my gratitude to Barry Fry, the Chairman and the board for ensuring we have this young gentleman with us today and it’s our job now to work with him and help him develop and make Peterborough United part of his own special footballing journey."

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