Cotterill targets two up front

112472-165_POMPEY_HAWKS_SR_11/7/11'Pompey vs Havant and Waterlooville at West Leigh Park.'Steve Cotterill.''Picture:Steve Reid 112472-165
112472-165_POMPEY_HAWKS_SR_11/7/11'Pompey vs Havant and Waterlooville at West Leigh Park.'Steve Cotterill.''Picture:Steve Reid 112472-165
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Steve Cotterill wants two new strikers to bolster his Pompey squad.

The Blues boss has made strengthening his attacking options a priority as he continues to scour the transfer market.

Martin Paterson remains a long-time target and, for Cotterill, ticks all the boxes.

But Burnley have turned down several bids and publically stated the 24-year-old is not for sale.

Regardless, Pompey’s manager is desperate to add to a striking pool which consists of just Dave Kitson, Kanu and Luke Varney.

He is still light on numbers following the summer departures of David Nugent and Danny Webber.

Cotterill also wants another central defender, a full-back and further midfield options.

But recruiting two new strikers remains his prime objective ahead of the Championship’s August 6 launch. He said: ‘Getting a striker is my priority and I would say it has been that for a while.

‘It was my priority last year as well but trying to get a goalscorer in costs money.

‘They are at an absolute premium at this moment in time, even fewer the sort of one I want.

‘I am looking for a certain type of striker.

‘I want one who is going to be hardworking and go running back at teams. That is the type of striker I’m looking at.

‘There aren’t many like that at the moment. There is not much choice, certainly not ones who are going to score goals as well.

‘Ideally, I would like two new strikers.

‘One might have to be a loan, one might have to be not particularly the right age but could be used now as an alternative, or one I would want for the future. There has got to be the future in all of this. We have got to have someone who can grow within the club.’

Cotterill’s lack of central striking options last season often saw him field a 4-3-3 system.

That usually involved either Dave Kitson or Kanu in the central role, with wide men either side of them.

It appears Varney will take over from Nugent on the left, with Liam Lawrence on the right.

But the Pompey boss remains eager to recruit more strikers to enable him to play two up front.

Cotterill added: ‘I want to be able to play both ways – we just haven’t been able to.

‘Even when chasing a game last season, it was very, very difficult for us to change it.

‘When we had David Nugent, if we put him up top we had nobody to go on the left and you could say the same as now.

‘We have got such a lack of attacking options, that is why Varney was important to us.

‘I wouldn’t want him playing off the right but he probably could do. Off the left we know he could do.

‘Up top? He would be able to do that one.

‘Whether it is by himself, though, I haven’t seen enough of him playing up there to know.

‘It’s important the players I bring in have got flexibility and can play in a couple of different positions.’