Hartlepool United set for transfer breakthrough with new striker

GOT THE BOTTLE TO GO INTO THE MARKET: Colin Cooper
GOT THE BOTTLE TO GO INTO THE MARKET: Colin Cooper
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HARTLEPOOL United are set to make a breakthrough in the transfer market with a striker expected at Victoria Park in the next 48 hours.

SportMail understands that Colin Cooper and Craig Hignett are close to capturing a player they believe will bring goals to their side.

The management duo watched on at the weekend as Pools failed to score for a third successive match in League Two.

Saturday’s goalless draw at York City did mark the club’s first point of the new season but concerns remain in the final third.

And, while Cooper is tight-lipped on the identity of their target, he did reveal today: “Hopefully there will be something happening early this week.”

Cooper has taken in under-21 matches at all three of the region’s bigger clubs while there has also been talk of targets at Premier League Fulham, as well as a link with Spennymoor Town striker Michael Rae, formerly of Pools.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old believes his team are showing signs of improvement on the pitch.

Saturday’s point took them off the foot of the table following a scrappy affair in which chances were at a premium for both sides.

And Cooper reflected: “It’s frustrating and people will again point to the fact that we haven’t scored.

“But I have to say I was encouraged by what I saw.

“I thought we looked very solid.

“York threw everything at us but we coped very well.

“It was us who asked all of the questions at the other end.

“Was there only one team looking threatening and likely to win the game? I think so, but credit to York for defending their area well.

“We’re not far off but that is the area (final third) we really need to work on.

“It’s small steps but let us go again and win the game next time.

“The boys were feeling good about themselves and rightly so.”