Hartlepool United boss keen on Tommy Miller and Steve Howard

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HARTLEPOOL United boss Neale Cooper admits he is interested in bringing former stars Tommy Miller and Steve Howard back to Victoria Park, writes CRAIG HOPE.

However, Cooper does not expect any immediate movement in the transfer market.

Cooper is enjoying a well-earned break in Portugal but will return next week to press ahead with his summer recruitment plans.

Miller is also on holiday following his involvement in Huddersfield’s successful play-off campaign.

The Shotton-born 33-year-old was released by the Terriers despite playing a key role in their promotion to the Championship, and he has already said that he would welcome an approach from Pools.

Contact has been made and discussions with the one-time Sunderland man could take place in the next fortnight. Howard, too, is a free agent following his release from Leicester, and he is at the summit of Pools’ wish list.

Cooper said today: “Both are players I like.

“He (Howard) is the type of player I would love to get to this club.

“I can’t say too much more at the moment and it’s a bit of a quiet time, to be honest.

“A lot of players are on holiday and a lot of contracts don’t expire until the end of the month.

“If you look around there’s not a lot of movement anywhere really.

“We have spoken to a lot of players already and we’ll have to see what comes from that.”

The League One campaign does not kick off until August 18 – more than two months away – and Pools still have four weeks before they report for pre-season training.

Cooper added: “This is a longer-than-normal summer – we finished early and start late because of the Euros and Olympics – but that’s fine.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of agents who are trying to get their players fixed up, but I’ve said already that I will not sign any player without seeing them first.

“That could mean them coming to Holland with us for a few days in July, and that would be fine by me.

“But I don’t expect too much to happen over these next couple of weeks.”