TRANMERE will be facing a familiar opponent when they return to League One action with a home game against Crawley Town next Saturday.
Crawley signed Lateef Elford Alliyu on the opening day of the January transfer window this week after the winger’s contract was cancelled by Bury.
The 20-year old Nigerian spent two loan spells with Tranmere during his time as a West Bromwich Albion player.
Elford-Alliyu also had a spell on loan with Bury last season and signed a permanent deal with the Shakers in July. However, he did not figure in the first team following the arrival of Kevin Blackwell as manager.
Crawley manager Richie Barker, who worked with Elford-Alliyu during his time at Bury, hopes the youngster can give the team more firepower going forward.
“Lateef is a player I know well and I’m delighted to be working with him again,” Barker said.
“He is two-footed, quick and has an eye for goal and will give us something different. He can play anywhere along the front four and he’s got a fantastic attitude to the game. I used to have to drag him off the training ground - I like that he wants to keep improving.”
Elford Alliyu said: “I’m delighted to be working with Richie Barker again. I enjoyed my time under him at Bury and I’m looking to get my career going again here at Crawley. The club have done superbly in the last couple of years and they are flying again this season.
“I’m sure there is more success to come which I hope to be a part of. I know the gaffer well and that was definitely one of the reasons I came here. I didn’t play too much under the new manager at Bury.”