RONNIE Moore is set to carry out major surgery on his Hartlepool United squad with three new players set to arrive and up to five leaving.
The Pools boss has been wasting no time looking for new recruits travelling the length and breadth of the country ahead of the transfer window opening on January 1.
Moore is looking to bring in five in total and three before next weekend’s trip to promotion chasing Wycombe Wanderers.
Experienced League One and Two players are on his radar on permanent deals as well as youth players from Championship and Premier League clubs on loan deals.
Moore has also revealed several players could have played their last match.
The loan deals for Cambridge United defender Matteo Lanzoni and Sheffield United striker Joe Ironside both ran out after yesterday’s 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe at Victoria Park, which left Pools eight points adrift of safety.
It will depend on what players Moore can bring in as to whether Ironside leaves but the Italian defender, who was an unused sub against Morecambe, is likely to have played his last game.
Meanwhile, the futures of midfielders Nicky Featherstone and Sidney Schmeltz are also up in the air with their short term contracts coming to an end.
Sunderland defender Scott Harrison is set to be the first arrival, while Moore also wants to bring in an experienced centre-half, pace in midfield and a goalscorer.
“We are desperate for new faces,” said Moore.
“We have made an awful lot of phone calls and now everybody is evaluating the situation at the respective clubs.
“It is a matter of following up phone calls.
“We are looking to get at least three in before Wycombe but we won’t have time to settle them in.
“We have a meeting today with an agent, a centre half with a bit of experience and if we can get that done and dusted that will at least help us a bit in that area.
“I can’t go to war with what I had out there against Morecambe.
“I would have thought some players will be leaving this window too.”
Moore admits his current crop of players need help but he knows it is a tough ask persuading players to drop down to Pools.
“The players need a bit of help and hopefully the players that come in will give them that bit of guidance,” added Moore.
“It is hard to get leaders now though, they are a rare breed.
“We are doing our part to make it right, we just need the 11 that go out to Wycombe to go and get a sweat on and show some desire for the club.
“We have to try and do something about it very quickly.
“We have umpteen names on the board, we have had so many conversations with teams about their players.
“We will keep trying and knocking.”
Asked whether the loan players Ironside and Lanzoni would be extending their stay at The Vic, Moore said: “I have to wait and see on that.”
Meanwhile in a further blow, Tommy Miller has suffered a re-occurrence of his calf injury and will go for a further scan this week.
The midfielder, who is one match away from the 600th of his career, has been out for the past two months and was expected to be back in the squad for the Morecambe match.
But he will now undergo another scan and the club cannot put a timescale on his return.