Hartlepool United boss aims to sign four new players

Scott Harrison in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID
Scott Harrison in action against Exeter City. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore wants FOUR new signings in as soon as the January transfer window opens – with Sunderland defender Scott Harrison set to be the first.

As revealed by SportMail, Pools are keen to tie the 21-year-old defender down to a permanent contract after two successful loan spells.

Harrison has been training at Maiden Castle with Moore assessing him before proceeding with the move when the window opens.

Moore also wants to add experience to the centre of defence as well as adding to his midfield and striking options.

“I don’t know Scotty, I haven’t seen an awful lot of him but he has played here before,” Moore told SportMail.

“He is in for a few days so I can make an assessment.

“If he comes through that then we can proceed with bringing him in.

“We are looking for experience too but Scotty has played games and is strong and competitive.

“I think you need to keep kicking him up the backside to get him going and he lives off that kind of thing.

“He could be one for the future but at this present time it is all ifs, buts and maybes.

“There are one or two experienced centre backs that we have spoken about and hopefully fingers crossed by the time the window opens we can move sharpish.

“There is a game on January 3 and I am trying to get them all in on January 1st if I can.

“At least then we’ll have a day or two training before we have a nice easy game at [league leaders] Wycombe Wanderers.

“It is all go at the moment, fingers crossed the jigsaw falls into place and we will be alright.”

Pools have also been strongly linked with Colchester United’s Latvian defender Kaspars Gorkss, 33, and he would fit the bill of adding height and experience to the back, with 66 international caps to his name.

Moore distanced the club from Gorkss at yesterday’s pre-match press conference but the former QPR and Reading defender is only on a short-term contract at the U’s and a deal could still be struck.

New chairman Peter Harris has pledged investment in the team and Moore is wasting no time looking to add strength and depth.

He added: “Me and Sam [Collins] have been all over speaking to a lot of agents and players and we are trying to line up new blood.

“We want a bit of experience, some leaders, a bit of height and strength but it isn’t easy.

“I know that and if we were top of the league then I wouldn’t be here but it will be a tough job to get them in.

“It will be three or four new players - that is what we need - and to get a bit of pace in the side, wide or up top and pace at the back.

“We need men who go and head it and dominate teams that we play against.

“Then all of a sudden things can change - at this level you can win five as easily as you can lose five in a row.”