BRADFORD (Park Avenue) have addressed their striker issue head on by signing a player who recently played in the top division of Moldova.

Ion Ibrian has put pen-to-paper on a deal to play at the Horsfall Stadium this season.

The 22-year-old has played over 50 games in the Moldovan National Division, and made one appearance in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

Moldovan Ibrian, who has represented his country at under 17 and 19 level, plays as a central striker or out wide.

The left-footed marksman recently moved to the UK after playing for some of the biggest clubs in his home country. Eight-time winners Zimbru Chișinău and current high flyers Milsami Orhei appear on his resume.

After training with the squad for the past few weeks, he has caught Mark Bower's eye and will be available for selection in Saturday's Vanarama National League North clash with AFC Telford United.

Bradford have lacked that forward presence all season with makeshift number nine Adam Nowakowski having to fill in the role until now.

Ibrian said: "I am really happy to join Bradford PA, and I’m sure I can help the team.

"I think we will do our best to get higher up the table. I want to prove that I am a valuable player for the club."

Bower added: "Ion is a great finisher and has impressed us in training with an eye for goal.

"It is an area we are short in, so we look forward to working more with Ion to improve his all round game and try to make the most of his finishing ability."