Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst looks set to turn to one of his former players as he tries to cure the Mariners’ woes in front of goal.
The Mariners have scored just once in the four games since Hurst returned as manager at Blundell Park and Saturday’s 3-0 slump to local rivals Scunthorpe United has prompted the former Iron boss into action.
Sources on Merseyside suggest the Mariners are looking to bring Tranmere Rovers striker Stefan Payne to Blundell Park.
The 29-year-old has struggled with injury so far this term but is looking to rekindle a successful relationship with Hurst, which saw the London-born forward hit 14 goals for Shrewsbury in 2017/18.
Payne is well-travelled striker who started his career at Croydon and Sutton United, before joining Premier League Fulham in 2009.
He made his breakthrough with Gillingham in 2010 and then found his feet on the non league circuit with spells at Braintree Town, Aldershot Town, a return to Sutton United, Macclesfield Town, Ebbsfleet United, AFC Hornchurch and Dover Athletic.
A record of one goal every three games for the latter earned the striker a move to Championship side Barnsley in 2016. He then joined Hurst at Shrewsbury, initially on loan in January 2017, before completing a permanent switch to Salop that summer.
His only full season with the Shrews saw Stefan help the club to the Football League Trophy and League One Play Off Finals.
The following August, he moved onto Bristol Rovers, before a brief return to Shrewsbury on loan, and then joined Tranmere Rovers in June 2019. A tall and powerful striker, Stefan is known for his ability to unsettle defences.