Regan Poole: Newport County accept Fulham bid for defender

Reece Poole
Regan Pool has represented Wales at Under-17 level

Newport County have accepted a bid from Fulham for defender Regan Poole.

The highly-rated 16-year-old has played five games this season and had a trial at Manchester Unitedexternal-link in September.

Manager Justin Edinburgh expects the deal to be done soon for Poole, who could have left for nothing at the end of the season.

"It's an offer that's been accepted, one we feel is right for the club and Regan," said Edinburgh.

"We have to be protective of the football club because he's only on a scholar contract and, at the end of that, he could walk away from the club for nothing or really minimal compensation.

"If things pan out the way they look, he will move on but with our blessing."

Edinburgh is hopeful of filling his defensive ranks by signing Wales defender Darcy Blake, who is training with the League Two club.

The 26-year-old former Cardiff City player, who has won 14 caps, has been without a club for six months and has been training at Rodney Parade with a view to rejoining County.

"We're extremely hopeful [of signing Blake permanently]," said Edinburgh.

"For whatever reason, he's not been in the routine of being a football player of late.

"You can lose that appetite but this last week I have seen that back in him."

Blake failed to find a club in the summer after leaving Newport at the end of the 2013-14 season, having joined them after leaving Crystal Palace in January 2014.

He made eight appearances in his last spell at Newport, but could not agree a contractexternal-link to keep him at Rodney Parade, while he also failed to secure a contract at Plymouth Argyle.