MARINERS boss Paul Hurst has refused to rule out a move for former Mariner Alan Connell, despite having announced the loan signing of Oumare Tounkara on Monday. Hurst made no secret of his wish to bolster his attacking options during this January transfer window and says funds are still available should he wish to bring in another player before Friday’s deadline.
“After speaking to the chairman, there’s still a possibility of getting another player in,” Hurst insisted. While a deal for Connell is still some way off, the boss remained hopeful of the Bradford striker making a return to Blundell Park. “It’s not dead but it’s not at the stage where we’re thinking about an offer. We’re waiting on news before we could try and proceed but it’s something that I would still be interested in.”
The deal for Oumare Tounkara, meanwhile, has been completed. The Frenchman joined the Mariners on loan from League 1 outfit Stevenage and trained with the squad on Monday. Hurst admitted he had been monitoring Tounkara for a while and was delighted to finalise the deal.
“I think he gives us something a little bit different than we’ve got up top at the minute. He’s got good pace and he adds something different to the squad. He’s got the element of surprise in his game.”
Hurst revealed that Tounkara will remain at Blundell Park until the end of the season, and the forward will join the rest of the squad for the trip to Cambridge on Tuesday.
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