Hartlepool tight-lipped on potential Lua Lua capture

Hartlepool are remaining coy on a possible swoop for former Newcastle United striker Lomana Lua Lua.

The 30-year-old has been without a club since his release from Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia and has been recently been training with the North-East side.

If a deal was completed it would continue a long-term affiliation between Lua Lua and Pools head coach Mick Wadsworth that dates back to the pair’s time together at Colchester in 1999.

Lua Lua moved to Newcastle in September 2000 and was reunited with his former boss who had since taken up the role of Sir Bobby Robson’s assistant at the Premier League club.

Wadsworth told BBC Tees that they have always remained good friends and that the Congolese international is eager to settle down again in England after four years away: “I’ve known Lomana for a very long time and he’s a friend in the sense that we’ve always kept touch.

“He’s got permission and an opportunity to train with us and to get his fitness for what he wants to do next. He wants to be domiciled in the UK and preferably in the north east, but that is all at the moment.”

A move to Victoria Park would represent another hallmark signing for Wadsworth who has already brought Peruvian Nolberto Solano to the League One high-flyers this summer.

The 37-year-old has rolled back the years scoring two goals in seven appearances and has been a key protagonist in the Pools’ nine-game unbeaten start to the season.

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