Neale Cooper wants to bring “poacher in box” to Pools

Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper shouts to his players. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Neale Cooper shouts to his players. Picture by FRANK REID
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NEALE Cooper will today turn his attention to unearthing a “poacher in the box” for Hartlepool United.

The Scot, while satisfied with the point following Saturday’s goalless draw at Exeter City, was frustrated at the lack of quality in the final third.

He has already stated his desire to bring at least one “natural winger” to Victoria Park during the January transfer window.

But now he wants someone to put the ball in the back of the net as well.

“We need a poacher in the box,” stated Cooper, “Get the ball in the box and the right sort of striker will put the chance away.

“We need someone up front, a finisher in the box.

“I hope we can get someone in and we’ll be trying this week because there are a couple of pieces missing in the jigsaw.

“We don’t have natural wingers either. I’ve been on the phone for players, but it has to be the right ones.”

Cooper has hinted that he will be afforded funds to bring a maximum of two loan players to the club.

He has already checked in with Everton boss and countryman David Moyes at Everton, and he’ll be on the phone to Manchester United chief Sir Alex Ferguson, his former manager at Aberdeen, at some point this week.

One player who won’t be coming to the Vic, however, is Leeds United outcast Billy Paynter.

It had been rumoured the 27-year-old was a loan target for Pools, but Cooper told SportMail that is not the case.

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