ACCRINGTON Stanley could have plenty of strike options next season as they hope two frontmen will sign up to their League Two plans.
John Coleman believes a deal until Christmas for Blackburn Rovers forward Jamie Clarke, 19, will go through.
And, after meeting several managers during a course in Ireland, he is in talks with a Championship club about taking another teenage striker on loan and he is confident of sealing a deal.
"We are hopeful that the deal for Jamie will go through," said Coleman.
"The lad is very keen and he has got pace and an eye for goal and we hope to sign him until Christmas."
The Reds had thought the change of manager at Ewood Park might thwart the deal but chairman Eric Whalley confirmed: "His agent has been in touch and, although manager Paul Ince is away until Monday, the agent has spoken to his assistant Ray Mathias and says he expects it to happen."
Coleman confirmed: "I have also had another striker recommended to me for a loan deal and I would like to take him."
The Reds boss said he will also be having talks with John Mullin this week, the brother of Reds’ frontman Paul, after he was released from Tranmere Rovers last season and has joined pre-season with the Reds.
"He is someone I am very interested in especially if he has the family dynamics," said Coleman.
"We will sit down this week and hopefully it will work out for both parties.
"I think we need three or four more players and we hope to use the loan system this season."
Also on trial when Stanley returned for pre-season training on Monday are ex-Shrewsbury midfielder Jimmy Ryan, 19, who started his career at Liverpool and Wigan full-back Peter Moore, also 19.
And Coleman confirmed that the club could have an international flavour as a group of Argentinians are coming for a trial next week.
"Their agent has been in touch and one striker and two wingers are expected to come over so we will have a look at them," he said.
However one target has slipped through the net as Coleman was chasing Crewe hitman Ryan Lowe.
"We missed out on Ryan as he has gone to Chester but we have one or two other irons in the fire."
One of these could be Liverpool defender Godwin Antwi who, although has been linked with a move to Chester, could come back to the FES, after a solid loan spell the season before last.
"You never say never and he is someone we are still interested in."
But any deal for ex-winger Gary Roberts looks dead and buried as he is still at Ipswich even though he is on the transfer list.
And Coleman says he is sure Ian Craney will be at Stanley next season despite rumours linking him with League Two rivals Morecambe.
"I am sure Ian Craney will not go to Morecambe," said the manager.
Left back Chris King has now put pen to paper on a six month deal while defender Phil Edwards and keeper Ian Dunbavin have this week signed new one-year deals.
THE Reds play their first pre-season friendly at Darwen next Tuesday night (ko 7.30pm)
THE Football Association have said this week that the investigation into the alleged match fixing for Stanley’s final match of last season against Bury is still "ongoing" with no update at present.
LUTON are appealing against their 10 point deduction this season after being found guilty, by the FA, of paying agents while Rotherham, who have a Company Voluntary Agreement, expect a two week wait to see if they are deducted points.