Sport New Linfield signing to be given 'special' shirt number
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The English club were blown away by the Linfield winger in scouting missions earlier this yearTransfer talks are at an advanced stage and it is understood a fee has been agreed with the Blues for the 24-year-old who still has one more year of his Windsor Park contract to run.
Manzinga has joined the Blues on a two-year contract, subject to international clearance.
The French National has played for clubs in France and Belgium, and spent last season with Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.
Thewho spent time with Lorient and Angers in France.
In Belgium he featured for clubs including Dessel Sport and La Louviere, and spent last season in Scotland.
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The 21-year-old signed a new deal at the weekend with Matthew Tipton's side Pierce, who made a shock move to the Irish League in January after leaving West Brom last summer, committed his immediate future to Matthew Tipton’s men at the weekend.
"He’s a player who we’ve tracked for quite a while and he looked really impressive when he joined us for training on Thursday night," Healy told the club's website.
"He’s a French National who’s played for clubs in France and Belgium and he spent last season with Motherwell in Scotland.
"Last season we brought in Rohan Ferguson from Motherwell and we are hoping that Christy will do as well for us as Rohan did last year.
"I am in regular contact with Stephen Robinson, the Motherwell manager and he speaks very highly of Christy as a player and an individual.
"Christy had other options ahead of the upcoming season, so it’s great that he has chosen to sign for us."
And it has been confirmed that Manzinga will wear the famous number 9 jersey at Windsor Park.
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Steven Gerrard's men will be decked out in the new shirts for their Premiership opener.The Ibrox club ended their agreement with Hummel a year early and signed on with the emerging Liverpool-based provider in May.
The shirt number was worn by Joel Cooper before his move to Oxford United.
It has also previously been worn by club legends including Glenn Ferguson, Joe Bambrick and Martin McGaughey.
Healy added: "He’s a big strong lad who can play in several striking positions and Gary Eccles our kit manager advises me that he will assume the special number 9 squad shirt.
"I know our supporters will make Christy welcome when they get a chance to see him in action, hopefully in the not too distant future.
"We are hopeful that the necessary international clearance will come through in time for Christy to make the squad for next week’s Champions League game against the champions of San Marino.”
European fixtures to resume as Linfield kick-off new campaign .
The Champions League and Europa League resumes this week, just as Linfield begin their 2020/21 campaignNot only do we have the Champions League and Europa League resuming this week, but we also have four teams kicking off a new European season.