Hartlepool boss Dave Challinor has revealed that Sunderland target Josh Hawkes will be leaving the club this summer.
After missing out on promotion from League One for a second consecutive season, the Black Cats will embark on the summer transfer window looking to build a squad capable of moving up to the Championship.
Finishing eighth place in the League One table, Phil Parkinson will hope that he can assemble a squad to succeed in getting back up to the second tier. With a number of player exits expected, one player has been linked with an arrival to the Stadium of Light after the club showed interest in Hawkes.
Touching on Hawkes’ future, Hartlepool boss Challinor has now told interested clubs that the midfielder will be leaving Victoria Park.
“Hawkesy has been told there are other avenues for him to explore,” Challinor told Hartlepool Mail.“If he moves elsewhere then there will be compensation involved and we will get a fee.”
Despite that widespread interest from English clubs, the midfielder is said to be considering a move to Portugal, where Braga have shown interest, as per TEAMtalk.
Hawkes certainly has made a name for himself this term and Sunderland should look to make a move for him. Whilst a move to Sunderland would be good for the youngster, he may have other ideas on how to further his career.
Interest from one of Portugal’s leading clubs, along with several Premier League and Championship outfits, could make the Stadium of Light a hard sell for the Hartlepool midfielder.
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