According to Sky Sports News, Peterborough United have stepped up their search for a replacement for Britt Assombalonga by bidding twice for Hartlepool’s Luke James.

The 19 year-old has been linked with the Cambridgeshire club for a few weeks now, but this is the first time news of a concrete bid has broken.

James is highly regarded, not only by Hartlepool, but by the English footballing world and has been identified as one of the countries hottest young prospects after scoring 16 goals last season.

Pool’s manager Colin Cooper revealed in the past week that there had only been interest from Peterborough and that no concrete bid had come in for the Northumberland born youngster.

The situation, however seems to have changed with Peterborough United tabling two bids in apparent quick succession.

Hartlepool would be reluctant to lose James after the youngster established himself in the first team at Victoria Park, and was rewarded with the Supporters’ and Players’ player of the Year awards.

Fans of the North East club must be becoming sick of the site of The Posh after the club took highly rated defender Jack Baldwin from them in January for £500,000.

With the departure of Britt Assombalonga, goals appear to be the priority for Peterborough, and Luke James will definitely provide them, although it is looking likely to cost them a transfer fee of around seven figures.


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