HARTLEPOOL United are pleased with the recent progress in the January transfer window. The club are continuing to pursue players but attentions are now turning to which players can depart the club this month.

Pools business this month is far from done with a host of targets being pursued over the next fortnight or so but the club have been boosted with the additions of striker Marcus Carver and defender Jake Hull earlier this week.

Manager Graeme Lee is yet to make use of his former employers Middlesbrough but admits he has touched base with the club over the possibility of bringing some players to the Suit Direct Stadium.

Meanwhile, the club are locked in contractual negotiations with striker Mike Fondop and goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell over an extension to their current deals. The loss of both players may well see transfer plans altered over the coming weeks.

Manager Graeme Lee said: “We had targets early. We’ve brought the two lads in and we’ve got more targets that we want.

“We don’t want to be in a rush. We don’t want to just force a player in for the sake of brining a player in. We just have to make sure the right players come in through the door.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be patient if you’ve got a target in mind and if they are a possibility, then you might have to be patient with that.”

Lee told the media yesterday that players who are suffering from a lack of game time are at the front of the queue to be shown the door before the end of the month.

However, while discussions are going on behind the scenes with players who will be made available, the emphasis is still heavily placed on bringing new talent in to bolster the squad.

After recent heroics in the FA Cup and in the Papa John’s Trophy, Pools return to League Two action this weekend when they make the long trip to Bristol Rovers. A game which is quickly followed up by a relatively short trip across the Pennines to Carlisle United next Tuesday evening.