Notts County have won the chase for Karl Hawley after signing the striker on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee from Preston North End.
Hawley had been wanted by former club Carlisle United, however, the 27-year-old has opted to link up with the ambitious Magpies in League Two.
Meadow Lane boss Ian McParland had been a long-term admirer of Hawley and is delighted to have secured a deal for the front man.
"Karl is a player we have had on our shortlist for most of the summer," McParland told the club's official website.
"He wasn't available when we enquired about him a few weeks ago, but since then things have changed at Preston and we learned last week we might be able to get him.
"Karl has been prolific at this level and also higher up the football pyramid, so I am really pleased to have him on board."
Hawley, who scored 26 goals during Carlisle's promotion-winning League Two campaign in 2005/06, began his career with Walsall and had loan spells at Raith and Hereford before joining the Cumbrians in 2004.
He scored 51 goals in 137 appearances for the Brunton Park club before following his old manager Paul Simpson to Preston in 2007.