Hartlepool United are set to sign out of favour Carlisle United striker Billy Paynter.
Ronnie Moore is keen to add an experienced frontman to his striking options and the 30-year-old Scouser would fit the bill.
The News & Star have reported Pools have agreed terms with the striker after he didn’t turn up for Carlisle’s first day of pre-season training on Thursday, with Moore keen to bring the striker to the North East.
Paynter, who is not part of Keith Curle’s plans and has been told he can leave, has previously played for Port Vale, Hull City, Southend United, Swindon Town – where he played alongside Newcastle target Charlie Austin – Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers before joining the Cumbrians.
He became an outcast at Carlisle in the second half of the season and was involved in a dispute between Paynter, midfielder Gary Dicker and Curle, after the pair allegedly refused to do extra training sessions put on for those not in the first team.
It led to the PFA getting involved and eventually resolving the conflict.
Paynter, who signed a two-year deal with Carlisle last June, was transfer listed in May by Pools’ League Two rivals, who battled against relegation themselves last season.
The United boss told the News & Star he had not expected Paynter to miss the session and would be contacting the player and his agent this afternoon.
The Blues have not commented on the Hartlepool interest.