HARTLEPOOL United are no closer to adding much-needed new signings to the squad, admits a frustrated Ronnie Moore.
The Sky Bet League Two club have so far struggled to recruit some fresh blood for the fight against relegation with boss Moore restricted to just three loan signings this month.
The 3-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town at Greenhouse Meadow has left the club nine points adrift of safety ahead of a massive clash away to relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers this weekend.
Moore is keen to bring in two experienced players, likely to be on loan, but admits joining Pools is proving to be a hard sell.
The Scouser said he may have to turn to youth again but he admits that is not what is currently needed with the side crying out for new players with experience of playing league football.
Ahead of the trip to Shrewsbury, Moore had revealed he was closing in on bringing an experienced striker to the club, with Sheffield United’s Chris Porter and Plymouth Argyle’s Marvin Morgan both on his radar.
But when asked by SportMail whether he was any closer to adding a new frontman, Moore said: “Not really.
“At this moment teams are umming and ahhing about letting players out and players are umming and ahhing about coming in.
“It may be that we have to get more kids in.
“But we don’t need kids at this moment in time, we need men who know what the game is all about and can add some experience to the side.
“It is very difficult finding them though and I don’t want to just rush in and take a couple of young kids and leave ourselves wide open when a couple of older lads show their hand.
“It is a matter of keeping the balls up in the air and not diving in.
“There is no doubt though, that it is proving really difficult.”
Club chairman Peter Harris was watching on from the stands at Greenhous Meadow and will have been left in no doubt about the need to strengthen if stranded Pools are to stand a chance of staying up this season.
So far Sunderland defender Scott Harrison, Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola and Mansfield Town striker Rakish Bingham have joined on loan deals during the January transfer window.
Moore says the club will continue to look to add further faces but admits a run of good results would help convince a few potential signings to head to The Vic this month.
“We hope so,” added Moore.
“We have looked and looked but if people won’t come you can’t force them into it.
“We need to get on a run and I am hoping to get two players in – that is what we need.
“We keep knocking on the doors and sooner or later one will open.”