Alloa Athletic have swooped to seal the shock signing of former Newcastle United and Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra.

The club moved quickly to seal the former English Premiership star’s signature after being made aware of his availability by the club’s head of recruitment Lee Ebden after his release from Indian Premier League side Kerala Blasters FC.

The move was clinched on Tuesday afternoon subject to the player receiving the his paperwork from India, but the player now look certain to be part of the club’s squad for the trip to face Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park this weekend.

Caretaker boss Paddy Connolly was thrilled with the capture and reckons the 31-year-old’s experience could be vital for the Wasps in their fight for SPFL Championship survival.

Connolly told Advertiser sport: “We are delighted to bring someone of Michael’s pedigree into the club. When the chance came up from the chairman, I felt it was a no brainer because of the level he has played at in the game.

“He’s played in the Premiership down south for many years and then played abroad so he is a very experienced. I know the player through watching him over the years and he is still only 31 so I am sure he still has plenty to offer.

“He is still short of some match sharpness, but I am sure his arrival will be a lift for the players and the club as whole.” Chopra is expected to wear the number 25 shirt in the famous Black and Gold.