Shamrock Rovers have move to strengthen their attacking options by signing former Derry City frontman Eamon Zayed on an 18-month contract.

Zayed, who was the Airtricity League's top goalscorer in 2011, returns to the league after spending a successful two year spell in Iran  playing for Tehran Pro League club Persepolis.

The attacker, who was capped 12 times at under 21 level for the Republic of Ireland before declaring for Libya, could go some way to solving Rovers' goalscoring problems and kick-starting their league challenge.

The Hoops have scored less goals than all other top five sides and their inability to kill off teams they have dominated has seen them draw nine league games this season.

During his time in Iran, Zayed became a cult hero for fans of Persepolis, coming off the bench in his first game with the Tehran club to score a hat-trick and help beat local rivals Esteghlal in his first game.