Matthew Bates reveals transfer talks as he eyes possible Hartlepool United additions

How did Matthew Bates' men rate against Salford?
How did Matthew Bates' men rate against Salford?

Matthew Bates has revealed transfer talks have taken place this week, as the Hartlepool United boss eyes possible loan signings.

Owner Raj Singh admitted he would be open to the possibility of beefing up Bates’ transfer budget, should the manager see fit.

With the departure of Jake Cassidy to Maidstone United and Luke Williams ruled out for a month, Pools find themselves a bit light, particularly in the forward areas.

And Bates admits he has spoken with director of football Craig Hignett about the prospect of bringing players in.

“We have had some conversations but there is nothing in the pipeline at the moment,” he said.

“There are talks of a few things happening but nothing concrete.

“If something does happen it is likely to be a loan, I don’t think it would be anything else.

“We will see how things go from week-to-week.”

The Mail understands Pools have been offered a number of players both on permanent and loan deals in recent weeks and could opt to pursue one or two, should Bates and Hignett get the green light from money man Singh.

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Boreham Wood, Bates confirmed he is happy with his squad, but is open to freshening things up.“Even the best teams want to add, even if they feel it will improve the squad,” he said.

“If something comes along that we think can improve the squad, we will speak to the chairman and ask the question.

“I am respectful of the backing we have had from the chairman. We are happy with the squad.

“We will ask the question and if it is a no, we move on.”