Neale Cooper still on trail of SAFC star Ryan Noble

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NEALE Cooper would still like to see Ryan Noble join Sunderland team-mate Craig Lynch at Victoria Park.

Versatile frontman Lynch penned a one-month loan deal last weekend and made his debut as a substitute during the 2-1 derby defeat at the hands of Carlisle United.

The Black Cats are making a contribution to the 20-year-old’s wages during his stay with Pools, and that could leave funds for Noble’s return.

The striker enjoyed a nine-game spell under Cooper’s care last term and the Scot has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with the 21-year-old.

“I still wouldn’t mind one more and we’re still in contact about Noble, that’s ongoing,” Cooper explained to SportMail today.

Loan man Lynch is comfortable across the frontline and, although he is unlikely to start at Bournemouth tomorrow, Cooper is encouraged by his presence on the bench.

“I like what I’ve seen of Craig in training and in the past when I’ve seen him in games,” said the Pools chief.

“He’s got good feet and he looked bright last weekend.

“He gives us options – he can play on either flank or up front.

“Sometimes you need someone who can come off the bench and you think ‘you could change this game’.”

And Cooper went on: “We’re getting help from Sunderland as well, which we are grateful for.

“They are fine with how we use him and he’ll want to make an impression here.

“He’s a quiet lad but he’s settled in well and I’m delighted to have him on board.”