Cooper ready to land double loan boost

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HARTLEPOOL United are today poised to make two loan signings to bolster the squad ahead of tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two match against Tranmere Rovers.

Manager Colin Cooper said he was waiting on a couple of calls but was hopeful the players – one a goalkeeper – would be in place quickly.

Former back-up keeper Andy Rafferty left the club last month, leaving Pools short for cover in that position.

In came Sunderland youngster Joel Dixon on an emergency loan deal, and that arrangement is expected to be extended.

Pools are still short on firepower up front after Luke James’ deadline day switch to Peterborough United and the other loan signing is expected to be an attacking player.

This summer, Pools have been linked with Sunderland duo Mikael Mandron and Duncan Watmore as well as Middlesbrough striker Bradley Fewster.

But Sunderland are in no rush to sanction a loan departure for in-demand winger Watmore.

Speaking yesterday, Cooper said: “We are trying. We are just waiting on possibly two phone calls and we are following things up from earlier on in the week.

“Hopefully we might have one or two through the door.”

Meanwhile, Saturday’s match is expected to come too soon for injured right-backs Michael Duckworth and Stuart Parnaby.

Duckworth tweaked his hamstring in training at Maiden Castle, in Durham, last Friday and missed Saturday’s win.

He was replaced in the team by Parnaby, himself just returning from a hamstring strain, but after just 39 minutes, Parnaby had to be replaced after feeling his other hamstring go.

Jordan Richards came on from the subs bench.

Cooper said they will continue to be monitored by club physio Ian Gallagher but expects next week’s trips to Northampton Town on Tuesday and Plymouth Argyle the following Saturday to be more realistic for the pair.