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Daggers Striker Hawkins Linked
Monday, 2nd Jan 2017 11:33

Town are reported to be showing interest in Dagenham and Redbridge striker Oliver Hawkins.

According to HITC, the Blues are considering a January move for the 24-year-old, who joined the Vanarama National League Daggers from National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town a year ago.

Since then Hawkins has scored 15 goals - all but one of them this season - in 30 starts and 14 sub appearances.

The 6ft 2in tall Ealing-born frontman, who had stints with North Greenford United, Hillingdon Borough and Northwood prior to his time with Hemel Hempstead and subsequently a spell out on loan at Harrow Borough, has previously been linked with Rotherham and Brighton.

While it would be little surprise that Town are keeping tabs on Hawkins, who is contracted to the Daggers for another 18 months, manager Mick McCarthy recently hinted that he would be looking for players with Championship experience during this window with the Blues understood to be closing in on the additions of strikers Danny Ward and Cauley Woodrow from Rotherham and Fulham respectively.

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brian_a_mul added 11:47 - Jan 2
Danny Ward for me :)

jas0999 added 11:51 - Jan 2
It would be a big step up. But certainly a player who could be with us for a few season and a longer term option than Varney/Best.

d0nk added 11:55 - Jan 2
Could be decent. Would jump at the chance to play at this level and may just be what we need, there is some real gems to be found at the lower levels.

nbsiyag added 11:55 - Jan 2
Oliver Palmer at Orient is the ideal low cost frontman we could do with. He would be an ideal MM type of player.

d0nk added 11:56 - Jan 2
Sign him and ward

shortmarine1969 added 11:58 - Jan 2
We need players that will immediately improve the squad.!!..not punts or journeymen..or indeed other club,s bit part or reject players unless coming from the prem down with proven ability). As above Ward is the only decent mention so far..forget the Fulham guy.

hoppy added 11:59 - Jan 2
"...it would be little surprise that Town are keeping tabs on Hawkins"

So, Hawkins not a bizarre move...

planetblue_2011 added 12:01 - Jan 2
Mings done it at this level & got us an 8 mill profit!
Go for him I say what is there to loose. He surely won't cost that much & I'm sure he'll be up for the big challenge.

bluelady added 12:12 - Jan 2
Hmm those cynics I give you Jamie Vardy - good job someone took a punt on him!!

hampstead_blue added 12:20 - Jan 2
He fits the "profile" of young player who can be developed.


iaintaylorx added 12:22 - Jan 2
Not gonna cost much with the fee and wages, so just take a punt! Good height as a target man too, so go for it! Worth a gamble!

RaymondovicBlue added 12:22 - Jan 2
I would assume that Mick is looking to sign this young guy as well as Ward... He's for the future and better him than best or Varney for the longer term.... You need a best 15 but the squad does and Should have room for "tomorrow's best" in it. Inexpensive on fee and wages (like webster) plus a very "educated" gamble (like Mings)

Plus he'd be a good option on the bench with his height which Ward, pitman Sears and Mcgoldrick doesn't have??

What is there to lose?

warktheline added 12:27 - Jan 2
There are plenty of very good players at lower league levels, something we as a club should be exploiting, this combined with nurturing youth at Portman Rd,is the way forward.

algarvefan added 12:31 - Jan 2
We are missing a big frontman and he could just be the answer, take a punt, Mings and Walters were two of our best signings in recent years and both did well for us from the lower leagues.

IpswichT62OldBoy added 12:47 - Jan 2
Vardy came from Fleetwood so why not?

blueconscience added 12:49 - Jan 2
Would be much happier seeing a player like this get an opportunity than us signing more 30+ journeyman rejects.

Dissboyitfc added 13:16 - Jan 2
And dont forget Kevin Philips (Baldock Town) who signed for sunderland because we dithered over the fee. Dont forget Tyrone mings either.

Could be good signing but yes we need more than 1 one signing and i think there will be!

GiveusaWave added 13:18 - Jan 2
24 goals in 81 appearances for Hemel Hempstead and 2 goals in 11 appearances at Harrow Borough. 15 goals in 42 appearances at Dagenham. A fair strike rate overall, scores a goal every 3.2 games since 2013. He's young and only getting better. Worth a gamble.

Scuzzer added 13:21 - Jan 2
Get Ward and this guy. Build for the future now.

Dissboyitfc added 13:22 - Jan 2
Maybe worth a look Dagenham's game with Braintree is live on BT sport1 KO 7-45pm.

heathen66 added 13:43 - Jan 2
These are the types of players we should be looking to nurture.
The outlay would suit our budget, and you never know you may un-earth the next Jamie Vardy.
I wonder if they have any mobile central midfielders we can replace Skuse and Douglas with !!!

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:44 - Jan 2
Well that's 3 strikers we are a currently linked with. Journo's starting to pick names out of hats here I think. Sounds like he'd be worth a punt though.

Taricco_Fan added 13:48 - Jan 2
Given the financial situation of this club - and the comparative wealth of many of our rivals in the Championship - we cannot compete for the signatures of the proven 'big names'. We have to shop in the lower leagues, pick up prospects, develop them and hopefully get a few years of good service and/or sell them on for a profit. That's the reality of the situation.

This guy may not be the next Walters, Cresswell, Mings or Webster but I'd rather we scout the lower leagues than rely on late career journeymen and/or loanees.

Mark added 13:49 - Jan 2
Yes please to Ward and Hawkins as permanent signings, no thanks to Woodrow on loan. It seems nearly all fans plus the owner are thinking the same, so let's start signing young players to develop them rather than journeymen and loans.

OldClactonBlue added 13:52 - Jan 2
Woodrow hardly qualifies as an experienced Championship player. This guy is the sort we should be looking at.

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