Pools’ goal scoring has been an issue so far this season with Luke James and Niko Muir managing five goals between them.

Despite not actually playing bad, the two strikers have not scored enough goals and are both the more creative and workhouse type of forward.

With Jake Cassidy out on loan at Maidstone, Hartlepool are lacking a big clinical striker as most of the goals are coming from midfield.

Hartlepool could look at bringing in a target man from the lower leagues to help see off their goals and fire them back into the football league.

Here are five options they could bring in in January if the current forwards don’t start adding goals to their game.

1) Joe Ironside

Middlesbrough born Ironside has scored four goals so far in the National League North for Kidderminster Harries and could be the man Pools turn to.

A former Hartlepool loanee, the centre forward scored one goal in four games in 2014 when he joined for two months from Sheffield United.

He has since returned a decent record, scoring 28 in 55 for Kidderminster, proving to be the clinical force in goal that Hartlepool so desire.

2) Connor Simpson

Another former Hartlepool man Simpson was sold to Preston last season after an impressive start to his life in the National League.

Having only made one League appearance for Preston, Simpson will be desperate for game time and returning to his first club could be a real possibility.

This could be a gamble as he is still only 18 and although looks promising, he could not be the clinical goal scorer that Pools need right now.

3) Adam Boyes

Currently at Pools’ North East neighbors Spennymoor Town – Boyes boasts Football League experience with York City.

He has four goals in ten so far this term and would offer Mathew Bates a good target man option.

Born in Lingdale, near Redcar – Boyes would be another North East based player in the squad, adding to the already strong North East core the club boasts.

2) Dan Maguire

Maguire is something of a Blyth Spartans legend having featured in two runs to the FA Cup 3rd round in his two spells at the club.

He has four league goals this season in the National League North and would be a great addition to the attacking midfield at The Vic.

With other 200 appearances and over 100 goals for Blyth, it could be a real chance to test himself at a higher division and maybe even the Football League.

1) Mark Beck

Sunderland-born Beck could be a welcomed addition to the Super 6 Stadium, standing at a towering 6”5’ he currently plays for Harrogate Town in the National League.

The tallest player to feature on this list Beck’s height could be used in comparison to the smaller hard-working Muir or James, complimenting each other’s playstyles.

With North East players who are playing elsewhere in England, regularly being added to the squad it could prove to be successful like the signings of Liam Noble and Andrew Davies.