Hartlepool boss closing in on first signing

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

Ronnie Moore says Hartlepool United are closing in on their first signing of the transfer window.

But the manager insists Pools will not pay over the odds for a player.

With the one that’s been turned down, it’s a question of how far we want to go with it.

Moore revealed that the League Two battlers, who were beaten by a late Darren Bent goal in the FA Cup on Saturday, have had one bid already turned down for a target.

“We’ve made inquiries, had one bid turned down for a player and we’ve got another one pending,” reported Moore.

“We’re waiting on an aswer on that one.

“With the one that’s been turned down, it’s a question of how far we want to go with it.

“Everyone’s got a valuation.

“I think people see we’ve had a couple of TV games and the £10,000 player becomes whatever, which is nonsense really.

“We’re not going to dive in that way.

“If we have to go with loans, we’ll go with loans.”

Moore is desperate to do business – and do it quickly.

Pools host Wycombe Wanderers this Saturday, a crucial home game which kicks off an exhausting run of 15 games in nine and a half weeks.

A goalscoring forward is Moore’s priority.

The need for a poacher was highlighted in the 2-1 defeat to Derby as crosses rained in from Rhys Oates, Lewis Hawkins, Jordan Richards and Jake Carroll.

Pools did score from one cross, midfielder Jake Gray volleying in following great work by Michael Woods, but Moore explained that he will gladly alter the formation to accommodate a new arrival.

“I’m not criticising Scott [Fenwick] because he played on his own up front with Jake playing in the pocket and trying to get into the box,” he said.

“But if we get another striker, a goalscorer, we can change the way we play, go 4-4-2 and have a real good go with two widemen and play with attacking full-backs.

“That’s basically what we’re looking to do if I can get one in, two preferably.”

Moore extended his thanks to the club owners, JPNG, for their backing in his transfer work.

“I would like to thank the chairman, Gary Coxall, and everyone at JPNG for their support of us going and trying to strengthen the squad.

“They have been very forward-thinking and hopefully we can get the business done soon.”

On the subject of forward-thinking, Pools have linked up with Finland top flight club Lahti, a move which would allow players from both clubs to spend time in each other’s countries.

The benefits are likely to be more long than short-term, certainly in terms of integrating players.

But Moore said it was an exciting development.

“The tie-up with Finland is a fantastic idea,” he said.

“We went over and had a chat with the guys from Lahti.

“It’s something that could be fantastic for both clubs with players moving both ways – fingers crossed, we’ll see how it takes off.”