HARTLEPOOL United should see the finalisation of transfer deals this week.
But how many is dependent on numerous factors.
Colin Cooper told SportMail after the 1-1 draw at Bradford City on Saturday that work in tying up deals is ongoing but there remain hurdles to overcome.
The Pools boss is accepting of the way in which the transfer system works, with most players only now prepared to sign for clubs.
Cooper’s new recruits are expected to come from the loan market but ultimately the final say comes from the players’ parent club.
He is, however, optimistic of new signings before the League Two opener against Stevenage.
“If the dominoes fall then hopefully by Stevenage we might have more players in,” he said.
“If not, we will have them in pretty soon.
“It’s not ideal in the week where we have our first game (to be signing players) but I’ve been relaxed with everything because I know how the system works.
“I can only do what I can do.
“Players are only committing now and clubs are only willing to let players leave on loan now.
“Putting a number (on how many signings) is unfair to me, unfair to the club and unfair to the parent clubs and players in question.
“Hopefully our fans and the club will be pleased with the players who we bring in.”
While Cooper’s acknowledgement of the loan system is telling as to where his targets lie, the vast quantity of players who remain without a club means that he is still eyeing up permanent deals.
He wouldn’t be drawn on the subject of Tommy Miller, although he commented on his “excellent performance” that “showed maturity, experience and quality on the ball” against the Bantams.
He added: “Nobody knows (if the signings will be loans or permanent).
“There are still an awful lot of players who aren’t attached to clubs.
“I’m speaking to players both out of contract and players who have parent clubs.
“I’d like to do X, Y and Z but I can’t do that if A, B and C doesn’t happen.”