Colin Cooper will bring in new players to Hartlepool United in January

TALENT SEARCH: Craig Hignett
TALENT SEARCH: Craig Hignett

COLIN Cooper is looking to add new players when the transfer window swings open next month – but only if they’re better than those currently at his disposal.

COLIN Cooper is looking to add new players when the transfer window swings back open next month - but only if they’re better than those currently at his disposal.

The Hartlepool United gaffer said Pools will “definitely” be bringing in fresh faces in January and revealed both himself and Craig Hignett are set for a busy festive period scouting out targets.

The management duo already have their eyes on a number of targets but won’t sign new players for the sake of it.

Cooper refused to be drawn on specific targets, saying he is looking to strengthen all over the park if the right players become available.

And despite the exit of Steve Howard last month, the Pools boss revealed that he didn’t feel as though it was the right time to bring in fresh faces in the recent loan window.

“We will definitely be adding in January, the goes without saying,” said Cooper.

“We’re looking and we have looked.

“We didn’t feel as though the loan window was the right time.

“These players who are here deserve their opportunity but I think we would be very naive not to be adding, even just to freshen it up, add numbers and give us a different outlook going into the second half of the season.”

Cooper and Hignett have already identified players who they would like to bring to the club in January.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be taking in plenty of games over the Christmas period with their eyes on potential signings.

“Our heads will be down over Christmas because we will be searching hard and low trying to find the right players who I feel will make us better and I only want players who are going to make us better,” said the manager.

“I don’t want players who are just going to come and make the numbers up, I want players who desperately want to be at Hartlepool and desperately want to make Hartlepool better than they are today.

“We have got loads of targets.

“We are looking across the whole board for players. There are players at the top end who play in academy football and under 21 and development football and then there are players who are playing Championship, League One and League Two, but they will need to be better than what we’ve already got here.”