Wycombe Wanderers manager Matt Bloomfield has revealed he is still working on bringing forward Richard Kone to the club, reports the Bucks Free Press.
The Ivorian striker has featured for the Chairboys in several pre-season games, including finding the back of the net in their warm-up fixture against Aldershot Town.
His goal in the 2-1 victory over the Shots came just seconds after he came on as a second-half substitute.
He is currently training with the Buckinghamshire outfit while continuing to appear for Athletic Newham, who play in the Essex Senior League, which is step 9 of the English football system.
Kone fired home twice in Tuesday night’s FA Cup victory for the Kings, as he continues to impress in non-league football.
The League One side have been busy in the transfer market this summer, with nine new arrivals already through the door this window, and the 39-year-old manager is still hopeful of bringing one or two more faces to Adams Park.
League Two side Colchester United had tried to sign the Ivorian in 2021, but his spell with the U’s came to an end as he ended up on trial at a Premier League club.
Kone then returned to Athletic Newham that season, taking his tally to 17 goals in 10 games before the end of September.
But with hopes of securing a professional deal, the forward appears to be on the brink of departing the Terence McMillan Stadium.
What’s been said?
Speaking on his potential arrival, Bloomfield told the Free Press: “It’s one we’re working on.
“That’s more Sam Grace’s domain with the development boys, but Richard has been in with us for most of pre-season and played games as a trialist.
“He’s been training with us and we’re in talks about getting different bits and pieces sorted as it’s something we’re trying to do.
“But at this moment in time, I don’t have any other news apart from the fact that we’d like to sign him so we’ll see how far we can get.”
Kone will not be one that comes in and impacts the first-team straight away, but he could prove to be an exciting project for Bloomfield’s side.
There is evident talent there, with Colchester and even Premier League sides taking an interest in his services in recent seasons, but a jump from the Essex Senior League to League One would surely be a step too far at this moment in time.
The former Colchester boss eluded to needing to get different bits sorted, so possibly there will need to be departures before Kone can sign on the dotted line.