OXFORD City have been forced to admit defeat after star striker Kabongo Tshimanga sealed a move to Boreham Wood.

The forward, who scored 36 goals for the Vanarama National League South side last season, had been offered a deal which would have seen him become City's highest paid player ever.

He had attracted interest from a number of Football League clubs, with Oxford United among those to hold talks with the 21-year-old.

However, he has opted to join Boreham Wood, who play in the National League - one step up from City - where he has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a further year.

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Tshimanga swept the board at City's end of season award, lifting the manager's player, players' player and fans' accolade.

“I’m just happy to finally get the deal over the line” stated Tshimanga.

“I’m looking to come here and get similar stats as to what I got last season and I’m confident in doing so.”

He also paid tribute to Oxford City boss Mark Jones and director Justin Merritt, tweeting: "I’d like to thank everyone at Oxford City. Mark & Justin especially for giving me the opportunity to play."

City will receive a small fee because they offered Tshimanga a new deal.

Elsewhere, Banbury United have announced striker John Mills has returned.

The front man, who had a prolific spell with Didcot Town before a hugely successful spell at Hereford, spent time on loan with the Puritans last season.