MIDDLESBROUGH striker Curtis Main looks set to emerge as one of Hartlepool United’s top transfer targets this summer.
SportMail understands the 20-year-old is among a list of players new boss Colin Cooper is considering as he bids to solve the club’s goalscoring problems.
Indeed, with just 39 goals, relegated Pools were the lowest scorers in the Football League last season.
Main has been mooted as a potential loan target and former Boro coach Cooper could look to secure his services for the entirety of the League Two campaign.
The striker is contracted to Boro until 2015 but boss Tony Mowbray could well be persuaded that a loan move is best for his development in the long term.
Main had trained with Pools prior to his free-transfer switch to the Riverside from Darlington two years ago, Mick Wadsworth then in charge at Maiden Castle.
He has gone to make 27 appearances on Teesside, scoring five goals.
South Shields born, Main became Darlington’s youngest-ever players at the age of 15 when appearing as a late substitute against Peterborough United during a League One match in May, 2008.
Any striking addition, however, will in all likelihood have to wait until the future of Steve Howard is determined.
He spent the back end of last season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and, after revealing he had not enjoyed his time back at Pools, the 37-year-old forward is unlikely to return to Victoria Park.