Hartlepool United set to sign former Gateshead and Middlesbrough striker Luke Armstrong on loan from Salford City

Hartlepool United are set to complete the loan signing of Luke Armstrong from Salford City until the end of the 2020-21 season.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 1:29 pm

The 24-year-old was in attendance at Victoria Park on Saturday as Pools were beaten 2-1 by Boreham Wood with manager Dave Challinor confirming a new striker would soon be through the door.

Armstrong has struggled to break into the Ammies squad so far this season, being limited to just one League Two start after an injury-hit opening season at the Peninsula Stadium.

But the former Middlesbrough forward will arrive at Pools with a strong reputation as a proven goalscorer in the National League after bagging 10 goals in 16 starts for Gateshead during the 2018-19 season.

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Luke Armstrong celebrates a goal for Gateshead FC (photo: Gateshead FC)

As a 20-year-old, the striker netted 23 goals in 42 appearances for Blyth Spartans in the Northern Premier League.

But since stepping up to the EFL, Armstrong – son of Darlington manager Alun – has struggled to recapture the goalscoring form he showed at The Heed.

The second half of the 2018-19 campaign saw him net three goals in 16 appearances on loan from Boro at Accrington Stanley in League One before moving permanently to Salford in the summer of 2019.

Pools have lacked a goalscorer so far this season with summer striker signings Mason Bloomfield, Rhys Oates and David Parkhouse scoring just two league goals between them in the opening 11 National League games.

Armstrong’s arrival is expected to be confirmed in time for Tuesday night’s match against King’s Lynn Town at Victoria Park with the striker set to be eligible to start.

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