Hartlepool United chiefs have not yet sanctioned an expected fire sale, despite the club’s dire financial plight. But that landscape could be shaped by off-field developments, or a lack of, in the next 48 hours, report The Hartlepool Mail.

The January transfer window closes on Wednesday, with clubs inside the Football League pyramid needing to tie their business up by 11pm that night. Of course, that does not apply to clubs outside the top four tiers.

But with a number of League Two clubs sniffing around a couple of members of the Pools squad, with Rhys Oates and Liam Donnelly the main targets of scouts, Pools could be faced with a conundrum of selling to keep the club alive, much like they did with Connor Simpson, whose £50,000 transfer fee, paid up front by Preston North End, contributed to covering the playing budget wage bill which reportedly totals around £115,000 a month. At this stage, though, Pools are not resorting to that.

The Mail understands that the belief inside the halls of power at Pools is that the playing budget has been cut enough since last summer.

Read more at: http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

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