HARTLEPOOL United’s search for attacking talent continues – with the club unlikely to sign trialist Femi Orenuga.
The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes of yesterday’s 4-0 reserve-team defeat against Chesterfield, with Pools boss Neale Cooper in attendance to run the rule over the winger in competitive action.
And, while Orenuga started brightly, the Scot would have left Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace thinking that the former Everton trainee is not what he is looking for right now.
Friday night’s transfer deadline is only of significance to Pools when it comes to their next two fixtures, at home to Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United on successive Saturdays.
Beyond that the transfer window for loan deals and free agents reopens and this is the market in which Pools will operate.
Orenuga is currently unattached following his release from Everton at the end of last season.
He had signed for The Toffees in March, 2009, from Southend United, where he became the club’s youngest-ever player at the age of 15 in 2008.
But the London-born wideman, who is of Nigerian descent, looks set to continue his search for employers.
Cooper, meanwhile, remains intent on bringing in at least one player in the coming weeks.
The 48-year-old is yet to see Pools score a goal this season and has told SportMail that his side still needs a striker and a winger.
Luke James had started the campaign as the preferred forward partner for Steve Howard but his form has dipped and the 17-year-old was back in the reserves against The Spireites.
For this weekend’s visit of Scunthorpe it is possible that Cooper will revert to a 4-3-3 formation with Jon Franks and Andy Monkhouse supporting Howard.
But in terms of new faces, the most likely target remains Sunderland’s Ryan Noble.
The 21-year-old has slipped back down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light following the arrival of Louis Saha and Steven Fletcher.
Noble will be desperate to go out on loan and has already stated his willingness for a return to Victoria Park, where he enjoyed a successful nine-game stay towards the back end of last season.