Notts boss Martin Allen closes in on Montano replacement

Martin Allen
Allen was appointed as manager at Meadow Lane in April

Notts County boss Martin Allen says he is already closing in on a replacement for striker Cristian Montano.

The 19-year-old has returned to parent club West Ham after a successful loan spell at Meadow Lane.

But Allen told BBC Radio Nottingham he has made good progress in the loan market and hopes to "nail down" a deal for a new forward very soon.

"I've been working all weekend to try to bring someone in to replace him so that's my next task," he added.

Montano, who has been at the club for two months, scored four goals in four starts and seven substitute appearances for the Magpies.

And Allen was thrilled with the Colombian's contribution - which included a goal in the 3-0 win over Hartlepool.

"I knew on Friday he was going back to West Ham," Allen said.

"And I knew he would score [against Hartlepool]. He's a fantastic player and what a lovely lad. He's humble, hard-working and dedicated."