PAUL Murray believes he can get the best out of Matteo Lanzoni after signing the Italian defender on loan.
The 26-year-old has joined from Sky Bet League Two side Cambridge United until the end of December as Murray strengthens his defensive options.
Murray has previously worked with the Sampdoria trainee at Oldham Athletic, Lanzoni spending four months at the Latics before joining Championship side Yeovil Town until the end of last season.
The Pools manager has described his new signing as a “typical Italian defender” and he is set to go straight into the side to play league leaders Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Lanzoni – who said he is determined to make the most of his time at Pools – is Murray’s seventh new signing since taking charge last month.
Murray told SportMail: “I am really pleased to get Matteo in because we needed a centre-back with Scott Harrison going back to Sunderland after his loan spell.
“I know him well from my time at Oldham and he went on to play in the Championship last year.
“Matteo is a typical Italian defender. He gets stuck in, gets tight and gives it his all and he has a nasty streak in him as well.
“I didn’t work with him long at Oldham, around four months, but he has a great pedigree, playing for Sampdoria when he was younger.
“Matteo has been looking for a break as it didn’t go that well at Yeovil and I feel like I can get the best out of him.”
Lanzoni, who has made three appearances for Cambridge this season, has thanked Murray and Pools for giving him a chance.
“This is a big opportunity for me at a good club and I am sure that I will do my maximum for Hartlepool, for the manager, for the fans and for the team,” said Lanzoni.
“I worked with the gaffer at Oldham so I know he is a really good person and also a very good manager so I am looking forward to playing under him again.
“I am a physical centre-half and I think my style is well-suited to the nature of League Two.
“Every game is a battle and I am sure that my physicality and experience can help the team.
“I don’t like talking too much – I prefer to show on the pitch what I can do and then afterwards it’s up to other people to judge me.”
Lanzoni, from Como in Italy, didn’t make a first team appearance for Sampdoria but did have several loan spells at the likes of Bari, Foggia and Carrarese before heading to England.
The 6ft 2in defender has been handed squad number 24 ahead of the Wycombe match at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Thursday is the deadline for Football League clubs to make loan signings before the cut-off period up to the transfer window re-opening in January.
When asked if more new faces would be coming in before the deadline, Murray, who has already signed Jon Maxted, Sidney Schmeltz, Nicky Featherstone and Fenwick, plus loan dup Adam Campbell and Joe Ironside, added: “We are always looking.”