HARTLEPOOL United are set to unveil Plymouth Argyle’s Marvin Morgan after the striker was pictured in his training kit.
Boss Ronnie Moore was expecting a busy day before the January Transfer Window closes at 11pm as he looked to bring in a striker and a new centre back.
Moore, buoyed by the 3-2 win over Argyle at Victoria Park, said a deal is done to bring a striker in on loan, understood to be Morgan.
The 31-year-old frontman wasn’t named in Plymouth’s match day squad on Saturday despite scoring twice for the reserves on his return from injury, a game Moore travelled down to Plymouth to watch.
Moore has been tracking Morgan since taking charge at The Vic and last week confirmed his interest in adding him to Pools’ attacking options.
Adding another defender is also high on Moore’s priority list.
Moore told SportMail: “I definitely have one in.
“If I can get the other one in before the deadline I will do it.
“I am just waiting on another phone call.
“I have been busy over the weekend speaking to managers and agents.
“I am not expecting a long day, everything is done with one so that will be signed and done by this morning.
“It is just waiting on the other.”
Scott Harrison and Dan Jones have been his preferred centre back pairing but Moore is still keen to add more defensive cover to his squad.
He has lined up a defender to come in on a loan deal and was waiting for confirmation this morning.
The January Transfer Window closes tonight but the emergency loan window re-opens in seven days and unattached players remain an option to Pools.
He added: “It will be a yes or a no and if it is the latter then we will have to go a week without and then renegotiate somewhere else for a centre
“For clubs like us, the window never really shuts and clubs at our level need that.
“If I’d come in here and someone said ‘that is the team you have to stay up this season’ then it would never happen.
“At least the loan window gives you the chance to bring in new blood.”
Moore will be hoping Mansfield Town do not re-call Rakish Bingham from his loan spell at Pools.
At the start of January, the striker signed a deal until the end of the season but now the initial month is up he can be recalled by his parent club, who slipped to second bottom at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Moore has also confirmed to SportMail that midfielder Nicky Featherstone is set to sign a new deal until the end of the season.
Featherstone was brought in by former boss Paul Murray on a short term deal which expired at the end of December.
That was extended by Moore for a further month and despite not playing in the past four matches he has done enough to earn an extended deal.
Moore told SportMail: “He will be here until the end of the season.
“That will be done today.
“He has good experience and knows what it is all about.”
- RICHARD MENNEAR