STANLEY are looking to wrap up a move for Bognor Regis Town midfielder Tommy Leigh in their latest bid to unearth a non-league gem.

Manager John Coleman has a history of snapping players up from the lower leagues and his looking to secure a move for Rocks midfielder Leigh who is currently plying his trade in the seventh tier of English football.

A deal between the two sides for Leigh is understood to have been agreed, with personal terms the only thing standing between Stanley and securing a new signing.

It would be a big rise for midfielder Leigh who joined Bognor from Portsmouth side Baffins Milton Rovers in 2019, his time with Bognor hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

However, Stanley have liked the look of him enough to agree terms with the Isthmian League Premier Division side, with Bognor due compensation owing to his age.

Bognor boss Jack Pearce wished Leigh well should the deal get the go ahead, telling the Chichester Observer: “Tommy’s done very well in the relatively short time he’s been with us and deserves his chance.

“The two clubs have agreed a deal but I believe the terms they are offering him have yet to be agreed.”

Leigh would be the latest player to move from the club to higher level clubs, Tommy Block moving to Hibernian in 2018, while Ethan Robb spent time at Brentford last season.

Stanley have had very recent success by bringing players in from non-league, strike duo Colby Bishop and Dion Charles both making headlines for the Reds since stepping up from National League North.

Charles hit 20 goals last season, enough to earn him a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad, amid interest from a host of Championship clubs.

The 25-year-old, who started his career at Blackpool, then dropped into non-league, spending time with AFC Fylde and Halifax before joining Stanley from National League North side Southport.

The two clubs did business again, Stanley moving for Port captain David Morgan who has since become an established member of Coleman’s squad.

Bishop, who has been the subject of interest from Ipswich Town, has scored 23 times for Stanley since his switch from National League North side Leamington, with Boston, Worcester and Gloucester among his previous clubs.

Stanley won’t be forced into selling either of their star duo this summer, with both under contract for next season, but have been linked with another non-league hot-shot.

The Reds have been credited with interest in Elliott Nevitt, the striker having hit the headlines last month after scoring a hat-trick in the FA Vase final at Wembley.

The Warrington Rylands striker now has eyes on a move up the football pyramid, having previously spent time with Burscough and City of Liverpool.

Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale have also been listed as showing an interest in the 24-year-old.

The Reds will be aiming to build on last season’s 11th-placed finish, and have already begun restructuring their squad for next season.

They have brought in midfielder Harry Pell on a three-year deal after his departure from Colchester United, but experienced defender Mark Hughes will move on after agreeing a deal to sign for League Two side Bristol Rovers.