STANLEY manager John Coleman’s wish is to have four strikers on his books by the end of January.
The Reds boss admitted his priorities for the transfer window, which opens on January 1, were to tie up Tranmere hitman Terry Gornell and Darlington striker Gregg Blundell on new loan deals and extend the loan spell of Jamie Clarke from Blackburn Rovers. These will join Paul Mullin competing for places up front for the Reds.
"I would like to have four strikers at the club," said Coleman, who admits these transfer negotiations are a "necessary evil" in football management. "If we have plenty of cover then we can shake it about but at the moment we are finding it difficult because we are limited. It is hard to change things."
Coleman has been in talks with Tranmere about Gornell who scored four goals for the Reds in a lengthy loan spell, and will be speaking to Darlington about Blundell who cut short his loan spell with the Reds because of an ankle injury.
The Reds boss also confirmed he wants Blackburn midfielder Rostyn Griffiths back and they are in talks with Peterborough about Kieran Charnock whose loan spell runs out after Saturday’s clash at Rochdale.
"I will be speaking to Blackburn about Jamie and Rostyn. The problem, though, might be if we can afford them and their wages."
The boss also said Craig Mahon, who has had limited chances since his one month loan switch from Wigan, is likely to go back.
Coleman also expects various knocks to clear up over the next few months to give him a strong squad for the second half of the season as they look to move out of the bottom half of the table.
Goalkeeper Kenny Arthur will resume training next week after a kidney injury and was having a scan this week.
Leam Richardson (ankle) is expected to be back soon while Phil Edwards and Jimmy Ryan should recover from knocks picked up in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Grimsby.
"We also have Robbie Williams (knee) knocking at the door and, if we get that little bit of strength in January, it will certainly look rosier," said the manager.