Neal Ardley’s hopes of signing Nathan Tyson are firmly up in the air, as stricken Notts County wait to be sold ahead of another High Court visit next Wednesday.

The former Nottingham Forest striker is on trial at Meadow Lane this summer, and has been in impressive form during pre-season scoring four times, including a hat-trick against Ilkeston.

The future of Tyson on the black and white side of the River Trent depends on the club being sold and its transfer embargo being lifted, but former Magpie Garry Birtles admits making a signing of Tyson’s calibre in non-league would give them a great chance of getting back into the Football League at the first attempt – and lift some of the gloom which has engulfed the club in recent months.

“It would be a heck of a signing for Notts County,” Birtles told Nottinghamshire Live.

“Goalscorers are goalscorers, no matter what level you play at. Everyone’s looking for strikers because they’re so important.

“To have someone of his experience, someone who wants to play and wants to be involved, especially if he carries on like that, is great.”

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