By Wayne Veysey

8th Jan, 2022 | 4:00pm

Sources: Hartlepool agree deal for Southport star Carver

Hartlepool have agreed a deal to sign Southport striker Marcus Carver, Football Insider understands.

A number of EFL clubs have been tracking the 28-year-old due to his goalscoring exploits in National League North, where he has netted 12 goals in 17 games.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Hartlepool have moved quickly to secure a deal for Carver as they look to add some extra firepower to their side for the second half of the season.

Terms have been agreed and he is set to complete a move to the League Two club soon.

Carver began his career with then-League Two Accrington Stanley where he scored four times in 45 appearances.

He was sent out on several non-league loan spells before permanently moving to sixth-tier side Chorley in 2016.

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Carver was snapped up by Southport, who are currently 6th in the National League North, at the beginning of the current campaign.

He was on the bench for Southport’s last match, a 4-0 win over Curzon Ashton last Tuesday (28 December).

Hartlepool meanwhile are 16th in League Two under manager Graeme Lee, who replaced Dave Challinor after his departure to Stockport in December.

Mark Cullen, who joined from Luton Town in August last year, is their top scorer this term with six goals from 18 appearances.

Goals from Joe Grey and David Ferguson gave Hartlepool a 2-1 win over Championship Blackpool in the FA Cup third round today (8 January).

Next up for the northeast side is a near-300-mile trip to Bristol Rovers.

In other news, ex-Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans in advanced talks to take over Huddersfield Town.