It has long been reported that Leon Cort has been on Hughton’s radar but Hughton has been telling the Chronicle that he’s not in any rush to sign players just for the sake of it:
“You never know, but realistically looking at the squad I don’t really expect to bring anybody in during the next month or so.
“Of course, all sorts of things can happen in the next 24 hours, and phone calls will be made on Thursday with players potentially becoming available.
“Some clubs might make a decision that some of the players who weren’t available earlier in the season are now there for loans. But we’ll see.”
The Chronicle is reporting that Frank Danquah, Kazenga LuaLua and Ben Tozer are keen for first team football but without bolstering the squad with incoming loanees, Hughton is unlikey to be keen to let any of them out on loan. Hughton had this to say:
“It’s too tight to be loaning a lot of players out. When that last day comes round and if we get a request, we’ll consider it.
“If it’s something we can see that looks like a good opportunity for the player, we’ll assess it.
“But I’m not desperate to let anybody go.”
When you consider that we’ve already loaned out Fabio Zamblera, Jonny Godsmark, Xisco and Fraser Forster to Roma, Hereford, Racing Santander and Norwich respectively, our squad was already threadbare. Now following the Preston game, we have injury problems with Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and Nicky Butt, the former having been officially ruled out of the Swansea game on Saturday.
With Amoebi, Barton, Vuckic and Tavernier all on the treatment table already, our newest recruit Fabrice Pancrate may get his chance earlier than expected as Hughton may be forced into giving the Frenchman his debut against this weekend:
“Pancrate comes into the reckoning for Swansea.
“We only just got his registration through on Monday morning, but he had spent some time before the game getting to the know the lads at the hotel.
“That will do his confidence good because he’s already seen what a close-knit group of lads we’ve got here and he is already becoming part of that.
“We’ve got Saturday’s game with Swansea coming up very quickly, and a lot of games in the next few weeks, so I’m certain he will be involved very soon.
“He’s ready to play now because his all-round fitness was good when he arrived due to the pre-season training he had with Paris St Germain.
“He just needs more match practice, which he’ll get.”