Colin Cooper trying to bring in Middlesbrough and Sunderland talent to Hartlepool United

WANTED MAN: Christian Burgess
WANTED MAN: Christian Burgess

COLIN Cooper admits his desire to bring in new talent to Hartlepool United is dependent on waiting on other clubs.

The Hartlepool United boss acknowledged Pools current squad is not good enough at the moment following the 2-0 home defeat to Bury.

Speaking afterwards, Cooper told SportMail he is continuing to work hard on bringing in new signings but says it very much depends on other clubs.

The club has been strongly linked with Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess, 22, who enjoyed a successful season on loan at The Vic last year, and Boro striker Bradley Fewster, 18, along with Sunderland’s 19-year-old striker Mikael Mandron.

Cooper added: “All I can say is that I am working on things and hope it’s happening, but I can’t dictate what other clubs do.

“Since Tuesday I’ve made an awful lot of phone calls to try to strengthen but I can only do it when others decide it’s the time to release or sell players.

“It doesn’t stop me wanting to try, but the frustration is we want it done yesterday and you have to wait until the day after tomorrow.

“There are areas to strengthen.

“People know who I like and would like to come in but it’s down to other clubs and I hope it happens, if it doesn’t I can’t get too frustrated.

“I still feel we are not a million miles away yet a bit of strength in depth and quality won’t harm anyone.”