Hartlepool line up move to sign Bradford City player - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

25th Jan, 2022 | 5:42pm

Sources: Hartlepool line up move to sign Bradford City star O'Donnell

Hartlepool are lining up a move for Bradford City goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, Football Insider understands.

O’Donnell’s future at Bradford has been placed into doubt following the recent arrival of Alex Bass on loan from Portsmouth.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that League Two rivals Hartlepool are keen to secure a deal for the keeper before the close of the transfer window next week.

The ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan keeper had been first-choice at Bradford at the start of the season before losing his place in the starting XI at the start of December.

Bantams boss Derek Adams is willing to let the 32-year-old leave Valley Parade.

O’Donnel is out of contract at the end of the season. along with no fewer than 14 of his Bradford teammates.

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He began his career at Sheffield Wednesday and, after playing for 13 other clubs, signed for Bradford in June 2018.

Sam Hornby is currently the number one choice between the sticks at Bradford, who have themselves been keen to sign a new shot-stopper this January.

The Bantams opened talks to sign Ipswich Town goalkeeper Thomas Holy last Thursday (20 January), as first revealed by this site.

Football Insider also broke news last Sunday (23 January) that Bradford have entered negotiations over a deal for ex-Portsmouth custodian Bass.

Bass was officially unveiled as Bradford player yesterday (24 January).

Hartlepool meanwhile have three senior goalkeepers on the books in Ben Killip, Jonathan Mitchell and summer signing Patrick Boyes.

Kilip has been top of the pile for the Pools of late, featuring 28 times across all competitions this term.

The north-east side, who are 16th in League Two, face Charlton Athletic in the EFL Trophy quarter-final tonight.

In other news, Aston Villa striker Brad Young set for loan as multiple EFL clubs swoop.