Darren Currie has expressed his delight after his lengthy pursuit of striker Paul McCallum paid off with the striker joining Barnet on loan until the end of the season.

The forward moves to the Hive from Solihull Moors where he has netted 11 times in all competitions this season and offers the Bees head coach a proven scoring option up front.

Having started his career at West Ham United, the 26-year-old also lists Portsmouth and Leyton Orient among his former clubs.

McCallum netted a total of 27 goals for Eastleigh last season to help them reach the National League play-offs and Currie will be hoping he has a similar scoring impact at Barnet.

Currie told the Bees website: "I'm really pleased, he was one of my top two targets in the summer. This has been bubbling away for the last few days and finally, it's done!

"I have followed him for a couple of years now and I know what potentially he will bring to us, as well as his goals. He's got a wide range of goals that he'll get, he's very good in the air, got good hold up play. He'll be a huge player for us.

"I'm pleased to have Paul on board and I'm pleased for the fans to have a new signing coming in, so I'm delighted all round and I can't wait to start working with him."

McCallum’s loan is due to expire on April 25 but the club have stated it will be automatically extended if they reach the play-offs.

The striker won’t be eligible to face his parent club when the two sides meet next month, but the Bees do have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.