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The state of play with Hartlepool United as we head towards transfer deadline


Graeme Lee has already signed five new signings this month with striker Omar Bogle the standout name to arrive at Suit Direct Stadium.

Bogle is joined by Isaac Fletcher and Joe White on loan from Middlesbrough and Newcastle United, while Marcus Carver arrived for an undisclosed fee from non-league Southport earlier this month.

Rotherham United’s Jake Hull completes Lee’s transfer activity so far after the defender was loaned out by New York Stadium for the remainder of the season.

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Gavan Holohan in action as Hartlepool United and Carlisle United contest a goalless draw at Brunton Park. (Credit: Will Matthews | MI News)

But the Pools are still in the market to bolster their squad ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.

Harrison Biggins

Biggins has played 28 times for the League One side this season, meaning a move to League Two level would be seen as a coup for Pools if they were able to pull it off.

Harrison Biggins has been linked with a move to Hartlepool United. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

A deal for the midfielder would likely come at a fairly low cost given he is out of contract at Highbury this summer.

Biggins spent time on loan with Barrow in Ligue 2 last season and would present more competition for places in the Pools midfield should he arrive at the Suit Direct Stadium.

The future of Gavan Holohan

That said, a deal for Biggins could mean Lee is set to lose a member of his team in order to balance out his midfield options.

Carl Piergianni featured in Hartlepool United’s goalless draw with Oldham Athletic on New Year’s Day. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Holohan was attracting the attention of the likes of Dundee United and League One side Shrewsbury Town this summer, while National League big spenders Wrexham and Stockport County are also believed to have been monitoring the 30-year-old’s situation.

Holohan has struggled to have the same impact on goals from midfield as he has in the National League this season, having also struggled with injuries in the early months of the campaign.

A move to Stockport wouldn’t be beyond the possibility given the two clubs’ obvious link with former Pools manager Dave Challinor.

Simpson follows Clint Hill, who spent a brief time with Challinor at Pools before joining the Hatters.

Challinor have also signed former Pools defender Ryan Johnson to his side, meaning any potential connection for Holohan would be obvious.

Goalkeeper Status

It is said that pools are only on the market for players who become available and meet their needs with a goalkeeper at the top of this list.

Lee made little secret of his desire to find a replacement option for Ben Killip this month following Jonathan Mitchell’s exit following the expiration of his short-term contract at Suit Direct Stadium.

Pools are believed to have been close to former Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson before he agreed a move to Morecambe in League One, with Lee’s side more recently linked with Bradford City stopper Richard O’Donnell. as first reported by the Telegraph and Argus.

“We’ve talked about it, but we’re not much further along than that at the moment, but it’s something we’ve looked into,” Lee told the Mail of O’Donnell.

“It’s always a decision as to which direction to take. [in terms of a loan or a permanent deal].

“We have three or four that we speak with and again it’s just about making the right decision that will make us better.

“We talked about the options and yes, Trevor was one of those we talked to.

“When you think you’re getting one and you don’t [it’s frustrating]. But League One arrived and he wanted to play higher.

The pools continue to explore the possibility of loans and permanent options for a substitute goalkeeper to compete with Killip, but could be forced to look to the open market if the deadline passes them.

“Well doing well at the moment. But there are already people training with us and we are asking questions and getting videos and other things sent to us [on players] so we have a few options,” Lee told the Mail earlier this month.

Another defender?

The 29-year-old has been a regular for the Latics this season, most notably in the goalless draw at the Suit Direct Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Piergianni has attracted interest from elsewhere around Ligue 2, according to the same report, but a move for the centre-back looks unlikely for Pools unless there is a late exit.

Timi Odusina and Neill Byrne have played plenty for Lee since his arrival while Luke Hendrie received the captain’s armband in last week’s Papa John Trophy success against Charlton Athletic with Gary Liddle still a mainstay at the heart of the Pools defense this season.

Add to that the arrival of the loan from Hull and it looks like Lee is well supplied in central defense, making it difficult for Piergianni to move.

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