Hartlepool United poised to make loan signings before Tranmere Rovers clash

Colin Cooper gives instruction during the game against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID

Colin Cooper gives instruction during the game against Cheltenham Town. Picture by FRANK REID

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HARTLEPOOL United are poised to make two loan signings ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League Two.

Pools boss Colin Cooper, speaking at this morning’s press conference, said he was waiting on a couple of calls but was hopeful the players would be in place.

On of them will be a goalkeeper. Former Number 2 Andy Rafferty left the club last month and Pools had brought in Sunderland youngster Joel Dixon on an emergency loan deal.

The Sky Bet League Two side, who beat Shrewsbury Town 2-0 last weekend, are still short on firepower up front and the other loan signing is expected to be an attacking player.

The club has been linked with Sunderland duo Mikael Mandron and Duncan Watmore and Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster.

Cooper said: “We are trying.

“We are just waiting on possibly two phone calls today. We are following things up from earlier on in the week.

“Hopefully we might have one or two through the door tomorrow [Friday] morning.

“The goalkeeper situation is one we are waiting on a call back on.”

* See Friday’s Hartlepool Mail for full match preview ahead of the visit of Tranmere Rovers this weekend plus interviews with Colin Cooper, Tommy Miller and Jack Compton.

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