DONE DEAL: Hartlepool United striker Luke James signs for Peterborough United on four-year deal

Luke James in action against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID
Luke James in action against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID
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HARTLEPOOL United striker Luke James has tonight signed for Peterborough United on a four-year deal.

The deal was announced by Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony live on television less than 90 minutes before the summer transfer window closes.

The unsettled 19-year-old was first linked with a big money move to League One Posh on Thursday, August 7 - two days before the opening match of the Sky Bet League Two season away at Stevenage.

Posh, who signed Jack Baldwin from Pools for £500,000 on deadline day in January, did have a bid rejected by Pools who described it as “unacceptable” and the figure was said to be less than the £1m reported fee.

Last week Darren Ferguson’s side signed Gateshead forward Marcus Maddison and had said they wouldn’t be upping their original bid for James, who has handed in two transfer requests and failed to show up for training in the past fortnight.

After missing a total of three days, he returned to training at Maiden Castle, in Durham, ahead of the weekend trip to Cheltenham Town.

He was named on the bench but eventually came on after Koby Arthur had scored a 90th minute winner for the home side.

Speaking after the match, boss Colin Cooper told SportMail that as things stood no deal had been agreed, while Posh manager Darren Ferguson confirmed the striker was his sole transfer target for deadline day.

After an anxious wait for supporters throughout Monday, the transfer of the star striker has now been confirmed.

James - who made his 100th appearance for Pools at the weekend - finished top scorer for the Clarence Road club last season, netting 16 goals.

He went onto be named player and supporters player of the season for 2013-14 and signed a new contract in the summer.

The Amble-born teenager, who was also reportedly interesting Championship side Birmingham City, scored a total of 22 goals for Pools but has now left the club.