Hartlepool United 'looking to improve' during January transfer window following loan enquiries

Dave Challinor believes the January transfer window has the potential to open some doors for Hartlepool United.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 6:00 am

While Pools aren’t restricted by the transfer window as such, the fact that Football League clubs can now do business can present some opportunities for Pools both in terms of incomings and outgoings.

Challinor hasn’t ruled out players leaving Hartlepool this month but he insists he is constantly looking to improve his side and would be prepared to dip into the loan market once again.

David Parkhouse has now returned to Sheffield United following his half-season loan spell at Victoria Park. Blackburn Rovers defender Tyler Magloire’s loan is also set to expire this month. The future of full-backs Joe Bunney and Jamie Sterry remains uncertain given the nature of their deals at Victoria Park.

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Hartlepool United celebrate scoring against Halifax Town (photo Frank Reid).

And with at least one free loan slot available in his matchday squad, Challinor is prepared to dip into the market again after making several enquiries to EFL clubs.

“We’re not restricted by our own window but what does happen in January is the Football League clubs have more freedom to bring players in which works both ways,” Challinor told The Mail.

“There are players who the Football League clubs could be willing to loan out that perhaps they weren’t earlier in the season.

"We’ve enquired about players in November and December but clubs were unwilling to let them out because of them not being able to bring in replacements themselves but that’s obviously changed now.

"We’re constantly looking to improve but with that there’s a balance in terms of the players we’ve got, the budget we’ve got and players getting games.”

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