Phoenix bid in flames?

WELLINGTON Phoenix's pursuit of Hartlepool United striker Joel Porter could be at an end after the A-League side began looking at alternative strikers.

Phoenix were angered by Pools' decision to extend Porter's contact at Victoria Park earlier this month after claiming the Aussie had agreed to sign for them.

Speculation about Porter's future had rumbled on throughout the latter part of the season, with rumours rife that the striker wanted to return

Down Under and Phoenix confirming their interest in him.

But all rumours were scotched earlier this month when Pools revealed they had exercised their right to activate an option on his contract – believed to be for another 12 months.

The New Zealand-based club, who play in the Australian league, claimed they were referring the matter to the PFA and the Australian equivalent in protest at Pools' decision – although SportMail since revealed the

English organization had not had any contact with Phoenix.

That left Phoenix facing a situation where they would have to cough up a transfer fee if they were to have any chance of signing the 29-year-old.

It looks like Phoenix have decided not to pursue that option after handing a trial to former St Johnstone, Scunthorpe and Falkirk striker Daniel McBreen.

The 31-year-old forward was raised in Australia and is available on a free transfer after being released by St Johnstone earlier this month.

Phoenix have also been linked with an unnamed A-league striker, which should allow Pools fans to rest easy over Porter's future at Victoria Park.