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Gillingham manager Steve Evans says move for striker is back on

Gillingham's deal to sign a new striker is back on - just hours after it looked in doubt.

Manager Steve Evans is hoping to bolster his forward line with the addition of a young, unnamed player, who had agreed for talks this week.

The Gills tweeted a message on Monday afternoon from Evans saying that “a striker signing is in doubt as terms not agreed.”

But hours later there was better news, with the club confirming the deal was back on and that the player had undergone a medical in London.

Gillingham are short of firepower having lost the services of Brandon Hanlan and Mikael Mandron in the summer, although newly signed Jordan Graham has already got three goals this term while another forward recruit Vadaine Oliver was the architect for two of those weekend efforts.

Evans still wants more, however, as he is looking for a squad of at least 20 senior pros. The Gills boss would also like a player who can play wide on the left.

Speaking to the club on Sunday, Evans said: “We need a minimum of two more, perhaps three, but let us see how we get on.

“We are light in numbers but heavy in quality, we have some really talented boys here.”

Evans mentioned his player meeting after the game on Saturday but stressed there were no promises, saying: “All I can do is bring things to the table.

“We are the smallest squad in the Football League by some distance and although I remind people about it I have no complaints to our board, I have to accept it.

“I look at Wigan (in administration) and what trouble they are in, Macclesfield have just gone, Bury have gone, the state Bolton were in. It is a warning shot to everyone.”

There is still plenty of time to finalise squads, with a mid-October domestic transfer deadline this season.

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