Crawley striker to join Pool

Crawley Town's Tyrone Barnett
Crawley Town's Tyrone Barnett
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POOL are hoping to announce Tyrone Barnett as their third signing of the transfer window.

The striker, 26, arrived in Blackpool yesterday afternoon to meet chairman Karl Oyston and boss Ian Holloway.

A contract has been drawn up, and Barnett must now decide whether to put pen to paper on a £250,000 deal – or stay at Crawley.

If he signs, he will follow Liverpool’s Danny Wilson and Rangers’ John Fleck to Bloomfield Road.

Birmingham-born Barnett had never played in the Football League prior to 2010, when he joined Macclesfield from Hednesford Town.

He had fired 40 goals in 81 appearances in a two-year stay at Hednesford, and bagged 13 goals in 45 games in his one season at League Two Macclesfield.

Crawley paid £150,000 to sign Barnett last summer, and he has continued his goalscoring form, hitting the target 12 times in 22 games this season.

The Seasiders have been watching him for the last few weeks, and are satisfied he has the talent to make the step up to the Championship.

Holloway will be pleased to boost his striking options, after missing out on Margate frontman Kwesi Appiah.