Bury hit-man joins Seagulls
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bury striker Colin Kazim-Richards has joined Championship outfit Brighton.Bury striker Colin Kazim-Richards has joined Championship outfit Brighton & Hove Albion and becomes the likely new face of Coca-Cola in the bargain.
Brighton won a cheque for £250,000 from the soft drinks manufacturer to sign a new player following a nationwide competition.
Seagulls boss Mark McGhee has elected to use the cash to bring in the promising striker, who has turned down a two-year deal at Gigg Lane to ink a three-year contract with The Seagulls.
Kazim-Richards completed just 11 first-team appearances last term but impressed sufficiently for several clubs further up the football pyramid to express an interest.
The two clubs have concurred on a compensation package, with further payments to be made in relation to performance and a sell-on clause included in the deal.
"Since it was announced that we had won the Coca-Cola money, I had been determined that the money should be invested and not spent without any return," McGhee told the club's official website.
"I think Colin represents exactly that - an investment.
"Colin is a player for the future of this club and hopefully we will benefit from this signing in the long term."
Brighton will be hoping Kazim-Richards can match the exploits of David Nugent - who joined Preston North End last season from Bury and immediately proved a player of considerable promise.