Former Northampton defender John Johnson is attracting interest from a host of clubs this summer.
The former Middlesbrough trainee parted company with the Cobblers at the end of the season following their play-off final defeat to Bradford City.
Now the 24-year-old is available on a free transfer, and a number of clubs have already made contact.
Sky Sports understands that new Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper is looking closely, but they are one of a number of sides.
Carlisle United, Stevenage, and AFC Wimbledon are also amongst the sides taking an interest.