Hartlepool United closing in on deal for new striker

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HARTLEPOOL United are set to make a breakthrough in the transfer market with a striker expected at Victoria Park in the next 48 hours, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Boss Colin Cooper watched on at the weekend as Pools failed to score for a third successive match in League Two.

Saturday’s goalless draw at York City did mark the club’s first point of the new season but concerns remain in the final third.

Cooper has taken in under-21 matches at Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, while there has also been talk of targets at Premier League Fulham, as well as a link with Spennymoor Town striker Michael Rae, formerly of Pools.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old believes his team are showing signs of improvement on the pitch.

Saturday’s point took them off the foot of the table following a scrappy affair in which chances were at a premium for both sides.

And Cooper reflected: “It’s frustrating and people will again point to the fact that we haven’t scored. But I have to say I was encouraged by what I saw.

“I thought we looked very solid. York threw everything at us but we coped very well.”

York City: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Allan, Smith, Davies, Clay, Parslow, Platt, Chambers (Coulson 62), Jarvis (Bowman 86), Cresswell (Fletcher 66).

Subs not used: Kettings, Montrose, Fyfield, Atkinson.

Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Baldwin, Burgess, Holden, Monkhouse, Walker, Walton, Compton, Poole (James 77), Howard (Rodney 84).

Subs not used: Collins, Franks, Rafferty, Richards, Boagey. Booked: Howard, Burgess.

Att: 4,768 Ref: David Phillips.