Gateshead boss Ian Bogie reveals Liam Hatch bid

Liam Hatch
Hatch has scored three goals for Darlington so far this season

Gateshead boss Ian Bogie says the club have made an offer for Darlington striker Liam Hatch, but are yet to hear back from the Quakers.

Hatch, 29, scored twice for Darlington in Saturday's 3-1 win at Ebbsfleet, to take his tally to three this season.

"We put an offer in, the offer still stands but nothing has materialised yet," Bogie told BBC Newcastle.

"We've shown an interest in the player, and it's down to the club to decide if they will take us up on the offer."

Meanwhile Darlington interim manager Craig Liddle is hopeful of retaining Hatch's services despite Gateshead's interest.

Hatch, who has operated at centre-half under former boss Mark Cooper, was restored to a striker role on Saturday following the departures of forwards John Campbell and James Walshaw.

"He's delighted because he has got on the end of things, that's what he's judged on - his goals - and the two today will do him the world of good," Liddle told BBC Tees.

"It will have alerted a few clubs, there will be people looking at him and wondering if he's available.

"They are playing for their future here or elsewhere, but I hope he stays here and we build a team around him."

The financial situation at Darlington surrounding chairman Raj Singh and the future of the football club saw players asked to take a pay-cut or leave.

Exodus Geohaghon as well as strikers Campbell and Walshaw have left the club, and further exits could follow.

"The chairman wanted the wage bill reduced to a sustainable level, and whether we've got that I'm not 100% certain," Liddle added.

"The squad is down to 18, that's including two lads from the youth team, so you would hope there's no more going out.

"If there is, we'd probably have to add, because the youngsters coming into the side are not ready to go and play week in, week out."

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