Hartlepool assess Clinton Morrison and Jordan Laidler

Clinton Morrison
Clinton Morrison played 36 times for the Republic of Ireland senior side

Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper is looking at free agent strikers Clinton Morrison and Jordan Laidler with a view to permanent deals.

Ex-Republic of Ireland international Morrison, 35, has been without a club since leaving Colchester United at the end of last season.

Laidler, 19, was released by Sunderland this summer.

"We had a couple of trialists though the door this week to have a look," Cooper told BBC Tees.

"If those come up we'll be bolstered in numbers and quality.

"Not all of it depends on me, it's obviously down to the players as well.

"But if I have someone in that I like the look of, there should be nothing that stops us doing the deal."

Pools are keen to add to their striker ranks having scored just five goals in 10 games, the lowest tally in League Two, as well as having lost last season's top scorer Luke James to Peterborough.

"Our job is to make sure we keep the backdoor closed but put away some of the half-chances we're creating," Cooper added.

"We need to find a way to put the ball in the goal, simple."

Cooper also confirmed that loanee David Atkinson returned to parent club Middlesbrough after picking up an injury in midweek.

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