STRONG centre-back Djoumin Sangare could become York boss Martin Foyle's ninth summer signing as the City boss finalises plans for the 2009-10 season.
Sangare, 25, had been on trial at KitKat Crescent and impressed in 70 minutes of action in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Bradford City as well as in the previous week's draw with Leeds United.
Now Sangare has been offered a one-year-deal with the Minstermen with Foyle very much hoping that the former Salisbury City ace will sign.
"He's a typical non-league player," said Foyle. "He'll stick his head in and wears his heart on his sleeve."
Foyle was also looking at triallist striker Andrew Taylor this week with two more signatures likely before the summer recruitment drive comes to an end.
The City boss is also waiting on Ebbsfleet striker Michael Gash whose projected joint move to KitKat Crescent with team-mate Darius Charles collapsed over the summer with Charles unwilling to move because of his pregnant girlfriend.
York have submitted an offer to Ebbsfleet and are waiting to hear back.
On the pitch, the Minstermen continued their pre-season with a 6-1 rout at North Ferriby United on Tuesday evening.
City – who hosted Hartlepool United on Friday night – took the lead with a cool penalty strike from Richard Brodie after he was upended and Brodie extended the advantage from a corner via a deflection from a Ferriby defender on the line.
An Andy Ferrell crackerjack made it 3-0 by the interval before a brace from Neil Barrett and a strike from Levi Mackin after half-time. Ferriby grabbed a late consolation.
York brought on youth team coach Steve Torpey for a late appearance while defender David McGurk came through 90 minutes unscathed after sustaining a minor injury in training last week.
York now host Rotherham United on Tuesday before their final pre-season friendly next Saturday at Neil Aspin's FC Halifax Town.
The Minstermen also unveiled their new sponsors for 2009-10 as local firm Pryers Solicitors.
The company's name will appear on both the front and back of the Minstermen's home and away shirts next season, City donning a new blue away shirt next term – showcased for the fist time at Hartlepool on Friday.
Ian Pryer, of Pryers Solicitors, said: "I am very pleased to build on last season's sponsorship at Wembley and become the main sponsor this season.
"Economically, times are not at their best for York businesses but this is a time to step forward and support our local team."
City chairman Jason McGill added: "We are delighted that a local firm has shown the club such great support."