PARTICK Thistle look set to hold off interest from First Divison rivals Morton plus English club Bournemouth to secure the signature of Adam Coakley.

Former Motherwell striker Coakley was released by the Fir Park club at the end of last season and is now set to go on trial with Thistle.

And it is understood the promising 19-year-old player is keen to secure a permanent move to Firhill despite interest from the Ton and the Cherries.

Adam, son of multi-millionaire property tycoon Tom - who failed in a recent bid to buy the Steelmen - worked with new Jags assistant Gardner Spiers before.

And he is believed to be keen to become part of Ian McCall's new-look Partick side and help their push for promotion back to the SPL.

Spiers confirmed: "I know Adam has spoken to Ian and has been invited to join our training so we can have a look. I worked with Adam with some of the national youth teams and and know him fairly well. He is still quite young and would be one of the future.

"I haven't seen a great deal of him in the last couple of seasons, but I believe he has played for, and scored goals for, the Motherwell reserve team."

He continued: "Adam is, from what I recall from the Scotland Under-16 side, an out- and-out goal scorer. Any player who has an eye for goal is an asset for a club.

"Sometimes it just doesn't work out for a player at a certain club. But if his belief in his own abilties and his ambition remain intact, he can still succeed."

New Jags boss McCall, currently enjoying a well-earned break before the squad return for pre-season training, has been active in the transfer market since being appointed as a permanent successor to Dick Campbell.

He has snapped up keeper Craig Hinchcliffe from St Mirren, Ryan McStay and Marc Twaddle from Falkirk, Albion Rovers Scott Chaplain and Gordon Lennon, Liam Buchanan from Cowdenbeath and Stevie Murray from Kilmarnock.

Corky is keen to bring in former Thistle and Aberdeen star David Rowson, another player who has worked with Spiers in the past.

Gardner is in Firhill this week and has not ruled out the possibility of more new faces at into the club before the new season begins.

He agreed: "We start training on Monday and are looking forward to it. We are still looking for a few new players to strengthen the squad."