ALAN STUBBS has insisted he’s under no pressure to make a transfer deadline day signing, adamant there will only be a new arrival before midnight if he can get the striker he wants.
The head coach has made no secret of his search for another hitman but, as the clock ticks down, he admitted he’s facing stiff competition with many other clubs also chasing goalscorers.
Revealing he and his staff have been working hard to identify potential targets, Stubbs also emphasised making the right move was not as straightforward as it might look with managers aware that players they believe are out of reach suddenly become available as squads up and down the country are finalised. An advocate of having the transfer window close before the first game of the season, Stubbs said: “We are exploring the best options that are available at this moment but I don’t think any manager feels comfortable or confident until you get that contract signed.
“You can put a lot of work into something but sometimes something happens that’s outwith your control.
“The closer you get to the deadline clubs’ positions can change.
“What was a ‘no’ yesterday can become a ‘yes’ today. I’m sure it will be a rollercoaster for everyone. It always is and I think every manager would tell you they don’t necessarily enjoy the last day of the window closing three or four weeks into the season but that’s the rules.”
But, as much as he would like to further beef up his strikeforce, Stubbs emphasised that any new arrival would be to compliment what he already has at his disposal. He said: “I think it is important to say that. Our two main strikers James Keatings and Jason Cummings scored the goals on Saturday.
“Jason was the leading scorer last season and the youngest in the league while I think James is going to have a really good season. Then we have Dominique Malonga and Farid El Alagui to return so we certainly have goals in the side. What we are trying to do is add more goals.
“However, we are not under pressure. We want to bring someone in and ideally we will but it has to be the right one, not just for the sake of it. Most clubs are looking for a striker so it’s a very tough, competitive market but we won’t just be going signing anyone on a recommendation.
“We try and do things properly, all our due diligence. It’s not as if we are talking about a dozen names. It has been narrowed down.
“But it will be a day of waiting and hoping something will happen.
“There may come a time when you think that’s it, there’s not going to be any movement or you may think you have to give it just a little bit longer to get something over the line.”
Stubbs avoided commenting on a host of names linked to Hibs, Sheffield Wednesday’s Stevie May, Michael Higdon at Sheffield United and Dundee United’s Henri Anier among them, but insisted that amid rumours of Raith Rovers being interested in taking Sam Stanton on loan: “There’s been no contact from any other club about any of our players.”