Dipo Akinyemi joins the Minstermen

York City FC are delighted to announce the signing of 26-year-old striker Dipo Akinyemi from Ayr United for an undisclosed fee.

The 6ft 0in forward has been linked with many clubs in the EFL after an impressive season in Scotland, which saw him pick up the cinch Championship Player of the Season award.

The 26-year-old started his senior career at Potters Bar Town, debuting as a 17-year-old, before joining professional club Stevenage a couple of months later.

London-born Akinyemi joined Dulwich Hamlet, where he’d previously played on loan, on a free transfer in 2018 and he went on to score 13 goals in 42 appearances in National League South.

Via short spells with Cheshunt and Braintree Town, the frontman joined Welling United where he scored 28 National League South goals in 62 appearances over two and a half seasons.

This form earned interest north of the border and he completed his move to Scottish Championship Ayr United ahead of 2022/23, where his goalscoring has become even more prolific.

In all competitions, he made 45 appearances and scored 24 goals, also assisting 11 times, with 20 goals and 8 assists coming in the SPFL Championship. This made Akinyemi the top goalscorer in the Championship, winning the league’s Player of the Month award twice before being named Player of the Season at the end of the campaign.

On joining the Minstermen, Akinyemi said: “I’m happy to be here.

“It happened pretty quickly, I spoke to Dave [Stockdale] and there’s a lot of ambition in the club at the moment with the new owner coming in.

“It looks like the club wants to go in the right direction.”

The deal is subject to FA and National League approval.