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Goal can reveal that the influential midfielder has turned down request to renew his contract at K'Ogalo and is now officially set to join rivals Ingwe

GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards have made a major swoop on arch-rivals Gor Mahia by pricing away forward Timonah Wanyonyi.

Wanyonyi is believed to have approached AFC Leopards’ to sign him on Wednesday. He took advantage of the few days remaining before his contract at Gor Mahia expires on June 22 to leave.

AFC Leopards Organising Secretary Timothy Lilumbi revealed to Goal the move but insisted that no official communication will be made until June 23.

"He (Wanyonyi) still has a few days before his contract at Gor Mahia expires and so we don't want to say much but the fact is he approached us wanting to join our club and we cannot be blamed for that."

Gor Mahia Secretary General Chris Omondi said the player had refused any contract extension talks and wished him the best. "We have been trying to have him extend his contract for the last several months but he has not been keen on it.

"Apparently, he was up to something and we can only wish him the best of luck. We have depth and his absence will not affect us."

Wanyonyi scored against AFC Leopards' two weeks ago when his club lost 3-1 to Gor Mahia. K'Ogalo have already signed Collins 'Gattuso' Okoth on a one-year contract and teenager Timothy Otieno from Talanta FC on a six-month loan deal.

The league champions are also in talks with veteran Ugandan goal poacher Robert Ssentongo. On the other hand, Ingwe have signed Humphrey Mieno from Sofapaka and are chasing signature of Tusker striker Jesse Were.