Hartlepool United have asked Newcastle United if they’d be willing to play a mid-season fund-raising friendly.

And Magpies boss Rafa Benitez admits he is considering the prospect. Cash-strapped Pools are desperate to find possible revenue streams, with the club teetering on the brink of administration.

One possible route is by organising a mid-season kick around with one of the North East’s big three, similar to the favour dished out by West Ham, who take on struggling Dagenham & Redbridge on March 21.

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