Pools transfer trail to hit foreign shores

Mick Wadsworth at MK Dons. Picture by FRANK REID
Mick Wadsworth at MK Dons. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United’s transfer trail will hit foreign shores this weekend with Mick Wadsworth set to jet off on a scouting mission.

The Pools chief will use the break in fixtures to run the rule over potential targets, with the loan deadline for Football League clubs not passing until March 24.

Wadsworth, whose side don’t return to action until Tuesday night at Oldham, told SportMail: “I may go abroad this weekend and watch a couple of games there.

“I’m still working on a couple of things, following up a couple of leads and that sort of thing and it’ll be a good chance this weekend to see some games.

“The way our fixtures are it’s so difficult to get out and watch players – our scout Peter Eustace has to do that.

“So it’s nice when we can share it because I like to get to as many games as possible and I’m an avid watcher.

“I like to see reserve games as well and see how the younger lads are developing.”

Wadsworth has done business with both Manchester City and Newcastle United this season, James Poole arriving on loan from Eastlands earlier in the season while Magpies striker Ryan Donaldson signed a one-month deal just this week.

And SportMail can reveal that the Pools boss was in the stands at Hyde United’s Ewan Fields on Wednesday night as City’s second-string enjoyed a 5-1 victory over Peter Beardsley’s United.

It is not thought any of the Newcastle line-up will fit the bill for Pools with none of their young side having ever tasted senior action.

One player who could be of interest to Wadsworth, though, is City’s Donal McDermott, the 21-year-old Irish winger.

He has previously enjoyed loan spells with MK Dons, Chesterfield and Scunthorpe United and can operate on the left flank or in a more advanced forward role.

Swedish striker John Guidetti, previously on loan at Burnley, scored a hat-trick during the game, while 15-year-old Hartlepool-born goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell was inbetween the posts for the visitors.

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