Loamna Lua Lua turns down Hartlepool United

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FORMER Newcastle striker Lomana Lua Lua has rejected the chance to join Hartlepool United, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Boss Mick Wadsworth tried to persuade the 30-year-old free agent – whom he worked with at Colchester and Newcastle – to join Pools following his release from Cypriots Omonia Nicosia.

LuaLua, though, is still hopeful of winning a deal on the continent and is thought to be mulling over a number of offers.

Wadsworth explained: “I’ve spoken to Lomana a lot and I definitely tried to sign him. We were all excited by it, but we knew it was difficult.

“We discussed it and it would have been a fantastic signing, but he’s not ready to come back here to England just yet.

“He’s enjoying playing in Europe. He’s had a great career and has got a few years left in him yet.”

However, Wadsworth has not ruled out a move for the Congolese international at some point down the line and believes their close friendship could see him one day wind up at Victoria Park.