Glentoran are set to announce the signing of Shay McCartan from Ballymena United in a big money move which has shattered the Irish League transfer record.
In a measure of how keen the Glens were to land their target, the east Belfast giants tabled a cash offer in the region of £100,000.
The 27-year-old striker was also keen on the move and the Sky Blues felt it was too good an offer to turn down.
The staggering price tag has far exceeded the Irish League transfer record, thought to be the estimated £60,000 package Crusaders paid for Jamie McGonigle in 2019.
Glens boss Mick McDermott views McCartan as a key piece in his title winning jigsaw as he seeks to bring the league title to The Oval for the first time since 2009.
A Sky Blues source said: “A bid was accepted from Glentoran. It was a straight cash offer.
“It’s an offer Ballymena United cannot refuse, it is incredible.
“The £100,000 figure cannot be confirmed or denied but it is an incredible figure for the club to consider.
“It’s incredible business for Ballymena United who took a risk on the player.
“The club was able to extend his contract earlier this year but circumstances have changed.”
United announced that McCartan had signed a two year extension to his contract in April but now the Glens have dug deep to get their man.
McCartan, who joined Ballymena last summer after returning home from England, has been a class act for the Braidmen and his matchwinning heroics could help steer the Glens to trophy success.
It will also be interesting to see how the player handles the pressure and expectation that comes with such a transfer fee in a switch to the Glens.
But the former Bradford City striker who has played almost 250 games in full-time football in England could take it all in his stride.
He was Ballymena’s top scorer last season with 21 goals in all competitions and while his loss will be felt at the Showgrounds, the club have significant funds they can invest in the squad.
Before the Crues big money move for McGonigle, the Irish League record transfer fee was £55,000 Linfield paid Glenavon for Glenn Ferguson in 1998.
Warrenpoint Town, meanwhile, have signed striker Greg Moorhouse.
The 27-year-old had previous spells with Glenavon and Shelbourne.
He said: “I’m delighted to have signed.
“I’m looking forward to working with a great bunch of players and management.
“And I’m very hopeful we can have a successful season together.”
Point boss Barry Gray added: “Greg is a very welcomed addition to the panel, especially being an out and out centre forward.
“Greg knows the league having previously played with Glenavon and while he’s missed a few weeks pre season I expect he will find his feet very quickly.”