Hartlepool United closing in on striker deal as Dave Challinor looks to bolster attacking options

Hartlepool United are hoping to secure a deal for a new striker before Saturday’s National League trip to Dover.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:09 am
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 11:09 am
Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor after the final whistle during the FA Cup third round match at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 4, 2020. See PA story SOCCER Oxford. Photo:: Darren Staples/PA Wire.

Manager Dave Challinor has been on the hunt for a new forward player with Nicke Kabamba being the only senior striker available as it stands.

With Gime Toure suspended and Luke James injured, Pools are eventually closing in on a potential deal that will provide some much needed depth in the striker position.

Challinor remained tight lipped regarding any names though did reveal the club would have to wait on international clearance, suggesting the player is likely based in Scotland or further afield.

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“Hopefully we’ll potentially do something today,” Challinor revealed in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

“But there’s international clearance involved so whether that goes through before the weekend would be debatable.

“It’s a striker, hopefully we can bring in a couple and we’ve obviously got some loans ourselves that are coming to an end.

“A couple of days is a long time, whether we can bring in a body on a short term loan we’ll see but if not we’ll go into the game and with people missing out, it’ll give new opportunities to players who haven’t had it so far which I’m more than happy to do that.”

“Hopefully we’ll be more settled by the end of January. Although we’re not limited by a transfer window, I’ll be hoping to have a squad by the end of the month that will be good enough and deep enough to see us through until the end of the season.”