FC UNITED are expected to sign the top goalscorer in the North West Counties League.
But Bacup Borough striker Tommy Turner, who has netted 17 times in 14 appearances for the mid-table team, won't be signed for tonight's re-arranged FA Trophy clash with Boston United at Gigg Lane (7.45) but could make his debut against Hednesford on Saturday if things are completed in time.
Manager Karl Marginson said: "Tommy is a hard worker and a good finisher.
"He played against us for Salford City a couple of seasons ago, and scored in both games. We were pretty impressed with him then. He drifted away from the game a bit, but has made an impact at Bacup this season."
Tonight's game was scheduled for Sunday but called off due to a waterlogged pitch, and the winners will be pitched in to a first round proper tie against Conference North promotion chasers AFC Telford United. Telford also have the second biggest support below Blue Square Premier level, apart from the Rebels and AFC Wimbledon, attracting nearly 2,000 on average this season.
Says Marginson, who will have skipper Dave Chadwick back after flu: "We wanted an away tie if we get through, but if it had to be a home game Telford is a good draw."