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Pools try to remain hopeful of Dolan deal
HARTLEPOOL UNITED have made a fresh move to give Middlesbrough youngster Matty Dolan first team football with his hometown club.
Dolan has been on Pools manager Colin Cooper’s transfer radar since taking over Victoria Park earlier in the summer and is more hopeful of striking a deal.
The 20-year-old midfielder has wanted to take time to assess his options before deciding on his next move after being told by Boro boss Tony Mowbray he can head out on loan.
Mowbray is keen for Dolan to get more valuable first team experience after the Hartlepool-born player impressed during a stint at Yeovil, who he helped to promotion to the Championship in a Wembley play-off final in may.
Yeovil have also shown an interest in taking him back to Huish Park, but as a Championship rival a deal was never going to be as straight forward as the one to Middlesbrough’s League Two neighbours.
Dolan would be guaranteed a crucial role in the Pools midfield alongside the impressive teenager Bradley Walker under Cooper, while at Yeovil his opportunities would have been more limited.
If Cooper can pull off a deal for Dolan – who would join his Boro Under-21s team-mate from last season Christian Burgess – then making sure at least one new striker arrives would be the only pressing issue on the manager’s mind.
He watched Sunderland’s Under-21s 1-0 win over Bolton on Monday afternoon at the Academy of Light – hours before he took in Middlesbrough’s young guns’ match.
Cooper is thought to have been particularly keen to assess the merits of the attacking talents in the Black Cats squad. Billy Knott, Jordan Laidler and summer recruit Duncan Watmore, from Altrincham, were all in action.
Hartlepool have forged links with Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle United since taking over, so promising talents at all three clubs are being considered.
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