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Derry City sign striker who cost Manchester United £1 million

Derry City have announced five new signings, including a player than Manchester United once shelled out £1 million to sign.

John Cofie, now 24, signed for United 10 years ago, costing a seven figure sum from Burnley. He also featured for England Under 17s as a highly-rated teenager.

He played in the 2010 Milk Cup for United, scoring a hat-trick to help his side beat Tyrone:

However, after loan spells at Royal Antwerp, Sheffield United and Notts County, Cofie joined Barnsley in 2013.

That shift failed to breathe new life into his career, as did subsequent moves to Norwegian side Molde, Crawley Town and Wrexham.

His first league goals since his loan spells from United arrived when he joined National League North side AFC Telford United in January last year, netting four times in 17 league appearances.

Since then, another move, this one to Southport featured two more loans, to Bradford Park Avenue and Chorley. His most recent side was English Northern Premier League side Stalybridge Celtic, whom he joined in September.

At the end of all those transfers, Derry boss Kenny Shiels is hoping he is the one to help reignite the Ghanaian-born forward's career.

“He is the youngest ever million pound player at aged 14," said Shiels. "He’s now 24 and it is a good opportunity for him and for me to resurrect his career.”

The other four players Derry signed were former Sligo centre-back Gavin Peers, ex Galway defender Armin Aganovic, former Dunfermline forward David Hopkirk and American triallist Conor Agnew.

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