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Dartford and Ebbsfleet United both interested in signing AFC Wimbledon striker Charlie Sheringham

Charlie Sheringham playing for Dartford against Gateshead in 2013 Picture: Andy Payton
Charlie Sheringham playing for Dartford against Gateshead in 2013 Picture: Andy Payton

Dartford and Ebbsfleet United have both been linked with a move for AFC Wimbledon striker Charlie Sheringham.

The 26-year-old has not been offered a new contract by the Dons and will leave the League 2 club this summer.

Dartford sold Sheringham to AFC Bournemouth for around £25,000 in October 2011 and then took him back on loan from the Cherries in March 2013.

Injuries spoiled his Football League spells with both Bournemouth and Wimbledon and now Darts boss Tony Burman is in talks to re-sign the centre-forward, who finished last season on loan at Salisbury.

Burman said: "I have spoken to Charlie. Yes, I’m looking at players I’ve had before, that’s the way I felt I wanted to work things this year.

"Talks have been ongoing throughout the summer and it’s getting to the time where people have got to make decisions. I’ve invited some players for pre-season, to have a trial with us and we’ll see how things go.

"There are still one or two in the pipeline, the obvious names people are bandying about, who I’m talking to during the summer. The lads who are with pro clubs, their contracts don’t finish until July 1, so there will be some movement in July.

"I’m pleased with what I’ve done so far, although I’d like to have one or two more players signed up before we come back (for pre-season training on Tuesday)."

Burman can offer Sheringham Conference Premier football, following Dartford's relegation reprieve, but Ebbsfleet - although still in Conference South - have moved to daytime training for 2014-15.

Their manager, Steve Brown, said: "I’d be interested in Charlie, there’s no doubt about it. But I’d imagine, coming out of League 2, there are a lot of clubs vying for his signature.

"It’s like with Matt Godden. Matt became available (and signed for Ebbsfleet) but the difference is that Matt’s a local boy and wanted to come back this way.

"It’s the same as Michael West. Geographically, this suits him down to the ground. I don’t know if, geographically, we’re a choice for Charlie but if the opportunity is there, I’d love to sign him."

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