Sunderland target Josh Hawkes is unlikely to make a move to the Stadium of Light after it emerged that a compensation fee would be owed to Hartlepool United.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson will be keen to bring in some further players between now and the start of the new League One season after a lacklustre campaign last year saw his side finish eighth and miss out on the chance to gain promotion to the Championship.
Burnley and Sheffield United have also emerged with interest, whilst Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Barnsley are also said to be tracking the 21-year-old midfielder, as per a previous report Hartlepool Mail.
Touching on Sunderland’s potential move for Hawkes, Sunderland Echo have provided an update which claims any potential deal is now out of the question.
“One player whose arrival does not look likely is Richardson’s former Hartlepool United team-mate Josh Hawkes.
“Hawkes was another player on Sunderland’s radar ahead of the summer rebuild but the forward is not expected to join, with Hartlepool United entitled to compensation from his next club after offering improved terms to extend his stay.”
Hawkes former teammate Kenton Richardson, does however, look likely to move to the Stadium of Light with a latest report claiming the youngster will arrive to bolster the Wearside club’s under-23 side.
Hawkes, who has netted 13 times for Hartlepool in 63 games, has an uncertain future at the moment. But it does seem Sunderland are keen to pursue other options and the club do need to be extremely careful about where they spend money considering the new salary cap.
First team boss Phil Parkinson has to get things spot on this summer ahead of the new season and signing Hawkes, could be a potential gamble, having had little experience of English Football League football – his only experience is two games in League Two.
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