Striker on trial for the week

Billy Paynter in action for Leeds against Pool's Alex Baptiste.

Billy Paynter in action for Leeds against Pool's Alex Baptiste.

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BILLY Paynter could become the Seasiders’ fifth summer signing as Ian Holloway steps up his search for a frontman.

A goalscoring centre-forward is the manager’s priority ahead of the new campaign and Paynter – a 28-year-old who was once one of the hottest properties in the Football League – could fit the bill.

He spent yesterday training with the Seasiders and will remain on trial for the rest of the week.

Paynter made his name at Swindon, where he smashed 26 goals in League One in the 2009-10 campaign.

That form earned him a move to Leeds, but a return of just three goals in 27 league appearances over the course of the last two years saw the Elland Road faithful turn on him.

He was sent on loan to Brighton last term, and has now been made available for transfer.

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“Billy has talked to a few clubs,” confirmed Leeds boss Neil Warnock. “There’s a number after him, but it’s got to be right for us.”

Pool would be able to clinch a deal for a six-figure fee, though Holloway has yet to decide whether the player – who Pool have looked at before – will fit into his system.

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