HITC Sport understands Bury are winning the race to sign non-league striker Gold Omotayo.

Bury are closing in on the signing of non-league striker Gold Omotayo despite interest from League Two rivals Lincoln City and Stevenage, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Omotayo has impressed in pre-season and Bury are ready to firm up their interest in the powerful forward as they look to steal a march on their rivals for his signature.

The 24-year-old burst on to the scene last season when he scored 11 goals in just 15 games for National League South side Whitehawk, having only joined Whitehawk in December after playing amateur football in Switzerland.

Omotayo has made a big impression during his short time at Whitehawk, and his goal-scoring exploits have brought him to the attention of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Scouts from a number of Football League clubs watched the powerful target man in action last season and Brighton-based Whitehawk have been resigned to losing him this summer.

Bury have been keeping tabs on the Swiss-born Nigerian for some time and they believe he is ready to make the step up to league football.

Lincoln and Stevenage have also expressed an interest in Omotayo, but Bury are in pole position to land the player as Ryan Lowe looks to add him to his striking options for next season.

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