Jamie Reid signs for The Stags
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Ambitious League Two club Mansfield Town has signed recently-departed Torquay United top scorer Jamie Reid.
The Stags are set on a promotion challenge next year under former Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlan after a disappointing 21st place last season.
They have recently added Jordan Bowery from MK Dons to the group of strikers already at Field Mill, but Reid, 25, is high on their list of further targets.
Torquay-born striker Reid added 21 goals last season to 32 he scored in United's 2018-2019 National League South championship year, and he turned down a new contract at Plainmoor last month.
Reid explained that, although he remains a Gulls fan, he feels the time is right to test himself at a higher level.
Several EFL clubs were watching him towards the curtailed end of last season, Mansfield's League Two rivals Colchester United among them.
There was also speculation that Plymouth Argyle, just promoted back to League One, were interested.
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Torquay will receive no fee for Reid, as he is over the 24-years-old cut-off point, but they are due compensation for French winger Kalvin Lumbombo-Kalala, 22, who also rejected a new contract.
Johnson revealed this week that United have still received no firm approaches for Kalala, but he said: 'Everybody is guessing about a lot of things before making signings for next season.
'We are still waiting for a start date, which will dictate when pre-season will start and the 'furlough' ends, and even how contracts will be drawn up.'
With 15 pros already committed, Johnson aims to make at least four more permanent signings.
United have been linked with ex-Cambridge Utd, Wrexham, Forest Green Rovers and Solihull Moors centre-forward Danny Wright, who won the NL title under Johnson at Cheltenham Town in 2016.