Notts County want Craig Beattie to replace Hughes
NOTTS County want Craig Beattie to replace Lee Hughes.
The Post reported yesterday that the Magpies had lined-up an ex-Premier League striker, after boss Keith Curle made the big decision to let Hughes leave Meadow Lane on Monday.
And Beattie, who has played in the top-flight for West Brom, is the man he believes can spearhead the club's challenge for promotion in League One in the second half of the season.
Curle tried to sign the Scotland international back in the summer, but he turned down a move to Notts to join SPL side St Johnstone on a one-year deal.
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But it has not worked out for the 28-year-old at McDiarmid Park – and he has made played just four games as a sub this season.
Beattie trained with the Notts County squad yesterday and could be announced ahead of the game this weekend at Portsmouth.
Hughes completed his switch to Vale yesterday, after completing a medical at the League Two club, and his exit has left Notts with just two strikers – leading-scorer Yoann Arquin and Enoch Showunmi – so they must act quickly to bolster their frontline.
Glasgow-born Beattie began his career at Celtic before moving south of the border to join West Brom for £1.25m in 2007.
He has also played for Preston, Crystal Palace, Sheffield United, Swansea, Watford and Hearts and has netted 32 goals in 167 league games in his career.
At 6ft-tall, Beattie is a burly striker who would add a physical presence to Notts' attack.