Sunderland youngster joins Hartlepool on loan

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HARTLEPOOL United were today poised to boost their forward line with the loan signing of Sunderland forward Craig Lynch.

Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill said on Wednesday that he had received inquiries for a number of the club’s young prospects.

And after the emergency loan window opened today, Pools boss Neale Cooper made his move and was hoping to get the 20-year-old (right) in his squad for today’s League One confrontation with Carlisle United.

The Pools first-team coach had been linked with another Sunderland striker Ryan Noble, who he took to Victoria Park earlier this year when he scored twice in nine appearances.

A product of the Academy of Light, Lynch, at home as a striker or out wide, has been one of the young stars of the Black Cats reserve team.

The Chester-le-Street-born player scored an average of a goal every two games two seasons ago while his return was one in three last term, though his campaign was interrupted by injury.

Lynch has made two Premier League appearances, during the Steve Bruce era, while he was one of the crop of gifted players O’Neill took to South Korea in the Peace Cup in pre-season.

Cooper has tried a number of attacking options this season, Steve Howard, Luke James, James Poole, Jon Franks and Andy Monkhouse.

No one has clicked yet and Cooper this week spoke of his desire to get “consistency” from his younger frontmen.

And it now looked as if Lynch will get the opportunity to play this afternoon against Carlisle.