Hartlepool coach Mick Wadsworth coy on Lomana LuaLua move

Lomana LuaLua
LuaLua worked with Pools coach Mick Wadsworth at Colchester, Newcastle and DR Congo

Hartlepool United head coach Mick Wadsworth remains coy on the subject of signing former Newcastle United striker Lomana LuaLua.

The 30-year-old, who played under Wadsworth with DR Congo, has been training with Pools following his departure from Omonia Nicosia.

"He's finished his stint in Cyprus," Wadsworth told BBC Tees.

"He's got permission and an opportunity to train with us and to get his fitness for what he wants to do next."

Lua Lua worked under Wadsworth at Colchester United, and was reunited with the Yorkshireman when he made a £2.25m move to Newcastle United in September 2000.

"I've known Lomana for a very long time and he's a friend in the sense that we've always kept touch," Wadsworth added.

"He trained with us last and he'll come to train with us again, he wants to be domiciled in the UK and preferably in the north east, but that is all at the moment."

Wadsworth has already brought in a former colleague in the shape of midfielder Nolberto Solano, a player he worked with at Newcastle under Sir Bobby Robson.

The 37-year-old has been a positive influence at Victoria Park, scoring twice in seven games as Pools made an unbeaten start to the League One season.

"He's been fantastic and has brought a lot to the club on and off the pitch," Wadsworth said.

"But to single him out would be unfair, when Nobby puts in a cross, somebody has to head it or shoot, and when Nobby puts in a through-ball somebody has to make the run, time it well and finish it of so it's rarely a solo thing.

"Obviously his goal last week was fantastic, and if we do get free-kicks in those areas he's going to be a threat and he's done well, but so have all the squad."

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