Grimsby Town: Barrow's Andy Cook could be first new face of the summer
GRIMSBY Town are homing in on their first transfer target of the summer – with Barrow forward Andy Cook believed to be close to a deal.
Although the club have not confirmed the identity of the target, the Telegraph understands that a deal for the 21-year-old frontman, who scored 17 goals in 39 appearances for the Bluebirds last season, could be nearing completion.
If a move was to come off, Cook would become the Mariners' first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer for bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst, who are looking to bolster their current squad of 12 contracted players before the start of the season.
Cook began his career at Carlisle as a trainee and moved to Barrow in 2011 after two loan spells with the Cumbrian side. The north easterner scored 17 goals last season including two hat-tricks – one against champions Fleetwood Town in a 4-0 triumph.
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He was the top scorer for the Holker Street side – netting one more than former Scunthorpe frontman Adam Boyes.
Joint Town manager Paul Hurst recently dismissed any interest in Boyes, however, it would now appear the Mariners have swooped for his strike partner.
Six-foot-tall Cook would add further physicality and firepower to a forward line of Liam Hearn and Anthony Elding that bagged 45 goals between them last season.
While some of Town's rivals have already moved quickly to strengthen their squads, Scott and fellow boss Paul Hurst have previously stated that they will bide their time to ensure that the right players are drafted in.
Speaking to the Telegraph last week, Scott said: "It's cat and mouse with players at the moment though we have spoken to a few.
"We are looking for players who have that hunger; who want to take an opportunity to play for one of the biggest clubs in the league."