RONNIE Moore is closing in on adding a new striker to his Hartlepool United squad with Chris Porter and Marvin Morgan both on his radar.
Pools are in talks with an experienced striker who the manager believes will “benefit” his side which is seven points adrift at the bottom of the Football League.
The player in question is in a dispute with his club over whether they will pay his contract up but they are willing to let him leave on loan, Moore revealed to SportMail.
Moore didn’t name his target but he is a fan of Sheffield United striker Porter and Plymouth Argyle striker Morgan, both 31, who would bring added experience to the Pools frontline.
The 61-year-old admits it has been “difficult” attracting players but he believes he is close to a breakthrough.
He wasn’t confident a deal could be struck before tomorrow’s trip to Shrewsbury Town though.
Moore told SportMail: “We are still waiting because the guy in question is in dispute with his club over whether they pay him up or not.
“They don’t want to do that at the moment, he wants to do that.
“We are stuck in between and we have to wait and see.
“He wants paying off, they don’t want to pay him off but they are willing to let him out on loan.
“We will just have to wait on that but I’d be surprised if it happens before the weekend.
“If it can I will do it.
“He is an experienced striker who will benefit us. That brings added competition but at this moment I don’t think that will happen until next week.”
Moore has added Sunderland defender Scott Harrison, Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham and Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola but has struggled to add further new faces since being appointed on the same day TMH 2014 were announced as the new owners.
SportMail understands TMH 2014 are still waiting for Football League clearance to be approved but a decision is expected imminently.
Moore added: “I have brought three lads in and they have all contributed in their own way.
“If we can add two more – and we are trying – then it gives another lift.
“But it’s difficult, it really is and it’s difficult because of where we are [in the league].
“The experienced players don’t really want to come here, or you can get one or two more inexperienced kids and in our situation do we need that?
“I’ve been very lucky so far with those three, but you don’t want too many and we go down the experienced route.
“If nothing happens for the weekend, then maybe we look at youth next week.”
Meanwhile, Moore is “monitoring” Matty Dolan’s situation at Bradford City but admits a midfielder is not a priority.
Hartlepool-born Dolan re-signed for Pools on a month-long loan deal at the end of November but injured his hamstring in the warm up of Moore’s first game in charge, the 1-1 draw at home to Oxford United and was sent back to the Bantams.
Moore said: “I haven’t seen too much of Matty but I will monitor what is going on down there [at Bradford].
“The midfield area doesn’t look too bad at this present moment and we only have two more loans, one of which will be a striker, so that leaves me with one.”