Raj Singh, the Hartlepool United chairman, has revealed the club walked away from a proposed deal for a striker, say The Northern Echo.

While boss Matthew Bates has admitted he is looking for more firepower to boost his squad – Pools have netted 20 in 17 National League games this season – Singh admits one deal wasn’t right financially for everyone concerned at the Super 6 Stadium.

Writing in Saturday’s match programme, Singh said: “We were pretty close to being able to sign a high-profile ex-Premier League player a couple of weeks ago.

“It fell through because the deal wasn’t right for the club and we’re not just going to force things through just to get a big name into the club. We won’t dismantle everything we’ve worked hard together for a big name – everything has to be right.’’

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