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Former Championship striker training with Hartlepool United

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Veteran striker Michael Chopra has been training with League Two side Hartlepool United, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The ex-Newcastle United and Sunderland forward is looking to earn a short-term deal for Dave Jones’ side.

Having been part of the Newcastle academy, Chopra made his debut in 2000. He scored one goal and only made 21 appearances during his six years with his boyhood club.

Chopra spent time in the lower leagues on-loan, before linking up with Pool’s boss Jones at Cardiff City in 2006.

Another North-East club came looking for the striker in 2007, Magpies’ rivals Sunderland. Chopra joined the Black Cats for £5m and scored on his league debut for the club.

Despite his flying start, Chopra scored just eight-goals for Sunderland and re-joined Cardiff and Jones after just two seasons.

Chopra has floated around the English divisions, playing for Ipswich and Blackpool before spending time in Scotland with Alloa Athletic.

The 33-year old has recently spent time in India, with Indian Super League side Kerela Blasters.

New Pools’ boss Dave Jones is looking for new signings to secure the clubs League Two status, and Chopra, who has been training with the club since Jones’ appointment, would add experience to the squad.

Hartlepool are currently 18th in the Sky Bet League Two table, seven-points clear of the relegation zone.

Jones’ side are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they travel to Newport County on Saturday, their last league outing saw an impressive 2-0 victory over Stevenage.

Hartlepool fans… Would you like to see Chopra earn a short-term contract with your club? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Leeds United fan and proud to have reported on their promotion-winning 2019/20 campaign.

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