Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor gives transfer update after 'goalposts moved' in securing loan signing

Hartlepool United were hoping to secure a loan signing earlier this week as Dave Challinor explained the delay.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:30 pm

With the player registration deadline now extended by a further four weeks, Pools are in now real rush to bring bodies in but remain active in the transfer and loan market.

“We’re still looking,” Challinor admitted. “The registration deadline has been extended – it was supposed to be [on Thursday] but it’s been extended to the 22nd April which gives us a little bit more time.”

Challinor told The Mail last week that Pools were close to securing a loan signing which has so far failed to materialise. Striker and left-back cover are believed to be high on the Hartlepool manager’s priority list over the next four weeks.

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Dave Challinor speaking in his pre-match press conference over Zoom.

“We were hoping to have something done just after last weekend,” Challinor added.

"But the one we were looking at, the goalposts have been moved by the club.

"Whether that’s miscommunication with an agent or whether that’s just them changing their mind over what they want to do, I don’t know but that’s slowed up a little bit.

“We’ve been given more time by the league and FA with the deadline so we can make sure that whether we bring in one, two or however many it may be in, they are the right ones as we’re not in a massive rush.

"It’s just about finding cover and now we have time to make sure the players we bring in are definitely the ones we want.”

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