Former Newcastle and Sunderland striker could be handed short-term Hartlepool deal

Former Newcastle United and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra is training with Hartlepool United, with view to earning a short-term deal.

Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 5:36 am
Michael Chopra.

The Mail can exclusively reveal that the 33-year-old has been involved with the Pools first-team this week.

And with new boss Dave Jones keen to add players to his ranks, it could be that out-of-work Chopra could be offered a deal until the end of the season.

Chopra is a free agent and last played on these shores for Scottish lower league side Alloa Athletic.

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He took part in Pools’ session at their Maiden Castle training base yesterday morning, on the day in which new boss Dave Jones took the helm.

Chopra started his career with the Magpies, having prolific loan spells at Watford and Barnsley as well as a stint at Nottingham Forest, before joining Cardiff City in June 2006, then managed by Jones.

His Championship goals then earned him a £5 million move to the Stadium of Light, but within two years Jones snapped him up again, this time for a fee of around £4 million.

After his Cardiff return the Geordie then moved to Ipswich Town, Blackpool and finally the Scottish Championship with part-timers Alloa.

He has also spent time playing in the Indian Premier League with Kerala Blasters.

Should Jones decide to offer Chopra a deal, it would be the third time he has signed the player on a permanent basis in his 14-year career.

Meanwhile, Pools have given fans the chance to snap up tickets for the next three home games at a discounted price.

Attempting to capitalise on the feelgood factor around the club after the appointment of Dave Jones, the club are offering a cheap three game bundle, with fans able to pick up tickets for the Yeovil Town, Plymouth Argyle and Crewe Alexandra games for as little as £45.

That means adult tickets are priced at just £15 per game, with a trio package for concessions available for just £20.

Pools take on Yeovil on Saturday, February 4, with high-flying Plymouth visiting the Northern Gas & Power Stadium on Saturday, February 18. The last game is against Crewe, which takes place on Tuesday, February 28.

Bundle tickets are on sale now from the club ticket office now. They will remain available until Friday, February 3.