Lions make final bid for new striker Thompson

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Guiseley say they “have made their final offer” to North Ferriby United for striker Reece Thompson who has agreed to join the Lions for the upcoming National League season.

The clubs will now either have to agree a compensation payment between them – or it will be decided by an FA Tribunal.

Thompson, 23, was born in Worksop and started his career with Retford United’s youth system before he served his apprenticeship with Lincoln City.

He made one first team appearance for Lincoln as a substitute in 2012 and was then released and joined Retford.

There, Thompson broke the record for goals scored in the Under-19 league, with 32 goals from 18 appearances. He scored 14 goals in 20 games with Retford’s first team from Christmas to the end of the 2012-13 season and then scored 39 more in the 2013-14 season.

He joined Frickley Athletic in October 2014 and signed a contract with the club in November 2014. He finished the 2014-15 season with 15 goals from 32 matches and was rewarded with a new-two year contract by the Blues.

After a successful trial Thompson signed for League Two York City in August 2015 for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract. He made 14 league appearances scoring three goals for York.

In September 2016, Thompson left York by mutual consent before joining their National League rivals, newly-promoted North Ferriby United. Last season he made 38 appearances for Ferriby scoring 12 goals.

Watford have announced the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Will Hughes.

The 22-year-old, currently in Poland with the Young Lions, will leave Derby for an undisclosed fee and has signed a five-year deal at Vicarage Road.

The move to Marco Silva’s side completes a journey that has been long in the making for Hughes. He has been spoken of as a Premier League prospect ever since making his Derby breakthrough in 2011 as a 16-year-old.

One-hundred-and-eighty-seven appearances for the Rams later, Watford have decided now is the time to give Hughes his chance.