Hartlepool United say there have been no talks between them and disgraced former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson.

A story in The Sun on Sunday claims Johnson, who is serving a six-year jail sentence for sexual activity with a child, hopes to join Pools after his release.

The tabloid cites an unnamed source who says Johnson has told people that Hartlepool is ‘a likely destination’.

But the club has distanced themselves from the claims saying such a move has not even been discussed.

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