Exiles poised to swoop for strikers
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh met with director of football Tim Harris yesterday to finalise their plans for a renewed assault on the transfer market.
The Argus understands the duo are working from a shortlist – as Edinburgh alluded to after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Woking – and hope to press on with negotiations this week.
Any arrivals are likely to result in departures from the club and the Argus understands Edinburgh’s main focus is on reshaping his attack.
The Exiles have played their best football in a 4-3-3 formation with new arrival Conor Washington, top scorer Aaron O’Connor and playmaker Danny Crow all certain to avoid the axe.
However, summer signings Jefferson Louis and Ryan Charles and youngster Jake Harris could all be in the firing line as Edinburgh looks to recruit.
Edinburgh likes to have six attackers fighting for three spaces and it could well be a case of two out and two in this week.
It had been expected that Edinburgh would look to sign another defender but that’s a situation that isn’t felt to be pressing.
With Ismail Yakubu, Andrew Hughes, Andy Sandell, David Pipe and Tony James all likely to be available for next Tuesday’s clash with Cambridge United, Edinburgh isn’t short of numbers.
There is a feeling that should any defender pick up a long-term injury that would be the time to add a replacement with former Bristol Rovers defender Byron Anthony’s situation being monitored as he’s currently unattached.
Any moves will be loans, likely short-term ahead of the transfer window in January.
Meanwhile, Exiles defender Sandell insists the club aren’t going into panic mode despite conceding nine goals in a week where they lost at home twice, including being dumped from the FA Cup by lowly Yate Town.
Sandell was County’s best player on Saturday, curling home a marvelous freekick.
“We conceded sloppy goals early on Saturday and you always give yourselves an uphill task, we’re disappointed with how we defended,” he said.
“But we aren’t luckily top of the league, we’ve got quality and ability and need to put things right.”
Sandell felt his side missed influential defender Ismail Yakubu. “The Yak was a big miss in both boxes, he’s been vital for us,” he said.
“We need to show character in the next couple of weeks.”