Matthew Bates closing in on signing number THREE at Hartlepool United

Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates

Hartlepool United are hopeful of getting another deal over the line in the next 24 hours.

Last week manager Matthew Bates, with the help of director of football Craig Hignett, managed to get their second deal of the summer done - adding 40-goal Hendon striker Niko Muir to the Pools ranks along with free transfer Myles Anderson.

And the Mail has learned Bates, having this weekend claimed he hopes to get FOUR deals done in the next week, is hopeful of adding at least one new face to his ranks in the not too distant future.

Bates is targeting central defensive reinforcements as a priority this summer.

Ross County's Andrew Davies is top of the manager's wishlist, and has made noises that he is receptive to a north east return.

The one thing that was standing in the way of Davies heading back 'home' was the year remaining on his contract up in Dingwall.

But the Staggies are open to allow some players with contracts to move on, especially after suffering relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

And having just added former Pools loanee Keith Watson to their ranks, this could help the process along somewhat.

As well as looking to add a defender, Bates may also sign another striker, a left-back and a midfielder. Wing options are also being assessed.