Ipswich Town sign Hungarian striker Balint Bajner and look set to confirm the addition of French-Mauritian midfielder Kevin Bru

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Ipswich Town have today announced the signing of 6ft 5in Hungarian striker Balint Bajner, following his release from German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Ipswich Town triallist Kevin Bru takes in action at Gillingham. PHOTO: Pagepix Ltd

Ipswich Town triallist Kevin Bru takes in action at Gillingham. PHOTO: Pagepix Ltd

The big striker pens a one-year deal at Portman Road with the option of a further 12 months after impressing while on trial at the Blues.

Capped at under-19 level for his country, Bajner scored his first Town goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Southend United – a cultured curling strike from just inside the box right in front of the visiting Town fans.

Predominantly used in Borussia Dortmund’s second string side, Bajner made one senior appearance for BVB in his two-year stay in Germany – coming on as a substiute.

The 23-year-old has spent most of his career plying his trade in his native Hungary, but has also enjoyed spells in Italy and Romania’s lower tiers.

In fact, Ipswich will not be Bajner’s first English club as he spent a season-long loan at West Ham in the 2008-09 campaign albeit without making an appearance or persuading the Hammers to offer him a contract.

Town boss Mick McCarthy has obviously been impressed with what he has seen and has offered the striker a chance to prove himself as he looks to challenge fellow strikers David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Jack Marriott, Frank Nouble and Paul Taylor for a starting berth as Town kick-off their Championship campaign next Saturday with the visit of Fulham (5.15pm ko).

Meanwhile, triallist Kevin Bru also looks set to sign after he was involved in this morning’s offical team photograph at Portman Road.

The French-born 25-year-old – a Mauritian international – was most recently at Bulgarian side Levski Sofia, with whom he played twice in the Europa League. The 6ft tall set-piece speciallist is a tenacious central midfielder player who can pick a pass.

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