HARTLEPOOL United could lose out on the signature of Matty Dolan.
The Middlesbrough midfielder has been training with John Hughes’ men in recent weeks at Maiden Castle with a view to completing a January loan move.
But Dolan, a former English Martyrs pupil, has decided to swap the north-east for the south-west and yesterday trained with League One rivals Yeovil Town.
The 19-year-old has been told he can leave the Riverside Stadium once the transfer window re-opens with a view to gaining some first-team experience.
Dolan is thought to be weighing up his options before deciding on the identity of his loan club, although the Glovers would now appear favourites.
SportMail understands there is also competition from elsewhere in the division and the chances of joining his hometown club would now appear remote.
That will come as a blow to Hughes who had hoped to make the deep-lying midfielder his first signing as Pools boss.
Hughes has a little room for incomings in the new year following Ryan Noble’s return to Sunderland.
His relationship with Boro boss Tony Mowbray from their time together in Scotland saw Dolan allowed to train with Pools this month.
And, with Boro youngster Charlie Wyke currently on loan at Victoria Park, it had been hoped Dolan would follow.
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