ACCRINGTON Stanley expect to have a new striker signed up by today - and hope to have centre half Darran Kempson back with the Reds soon.
Manager John Coleman confirmed that he hopes the Championship young hitman - who he won’t name until the deal is done as Morecambe are also said to be chasing him - will make his Reds debut against AFC Halifax tomorrow (3pm) after criticising his side’s fire power in the 1-1 friendly draw at Burscough on Tuesday.
And Wrexham defender Kempson, twice with the Reds on loan spells, is closing in on a Stanley deal even though he has a year left on his contract with the Welsh club.
But the deal to bring defender Kieran Charnock back looks off after Peterborough chairman Barry Fry revealed a couple more clubs have shown interest in him - including one of the Reds’ League Two rivals.
"They’ve (Accrington) messed me about for too long, so now they’ve got competition if they still want to sign him," said Fry.
Coleman has identified the need for a striker, centre half and a goalkeeper to boost his squad and his hunt for a stopper continues although ex-Scottish goalie Bryn Halliwell had his chance to impress on Tuesday - and will again tomorrow.
The London-born keeper has played for a number of teams in Scotland and was recommended by ex-Stanley goalie Kenny Arthur.
"He didn’t have a lot to do against Burscough so we would like another look at him," added Coleman.
Stanley are at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday (ko 7.30pm)