Ronnie Moore admits Scunthorpe United defender David Mirfin is unlikely to be making a return to Hartlepool United any time soon.
Moore - who is hoping to sign his new contract before the weekend - was alerted to Mirfin’s availability after Scunthorpe revealed they are willing to let the former Pools loanee leave on a free.
But the Pools boss says League One Scunthorpe are in “no rush” to see him leave.
Moore told SportMail: “Everybody tells me on Twitter what I should be doing, do they really think I haven’t tried?!
“I have spoken with Scunthorpe but he played last week for them.
“They are in no rush to see him leave, they have a one or two little knocks and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was in their squad on Saturday.
“At this present moment in time we have tried but Mirf is going to be a no, no.”
Mirfin, a key player in last season’s ‘Great Escape’, is understood to be on good money at League One Iron and there is likely to be a lot of interest in him.
But Moore has always been keen to bring him back to Pools, if a deal can be struck.
Moore has been looking elsewhere in a bid to strengthen his squad, with mounting injury concerns a worry, with Trevor Carson and Dan Jones struggling and Jordan Richards already out.
He added: “We are lucky in a way that we have a biggish squad but it is a worry at this present time.
“We have tried to get people in yesterday and one minute we had them, then the next we didn’t, but we still have enough cover.
“It is frustrating after the pre-season but it is not a lot you can do about it.
“We have had a fantastic pre-season, without any and then when it comes so close you pick up one or two.
“We have enough to adapt to the system we want to play though.”
Meanwhile, Moore has revealed he is hoping to sign his new, long-term deal before the weekend’s season opener at home to Morecambe.
His current deal runs out in December and new chairman Gary Coxall had pledged to tie Moore down to a new deal.
Moore added: “Everything has been sorted, I just need to speak to the chairman today.
“I would imagine that would be done before Saturday.”