Paul Cook keeps Pompey focus during transfer window

Caolan Lavery. Picture: Joe Pepler
Caolan Lavery. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Cook insists he will not allow himself to be distracted by the imminent January transfer window.

The Pompey boss expects to be involved in some business over the next few weeks as he bids to trim the numbers in his first-team squad.

Are we looking for players? Of course we are.

Paul Cook

But he is also on the lookout for new recruits to improve the quality in his team.

Cook also faces some important discussions over the future of loan players Caolan Lavery, Marc McNulty, Jayden Stockley and Matt Clarke, with all of those existing deals set to expire after Saturday’s home clash with Crawley.

But he maintains those decisions can wait until after a League Two clash that Cook feels has taken on greater significance after the loss at Leyton Orient and the draw with Luton.

Cook said: ‘I know people want to talk about the transfer windows and things like that but we must concentrate on the Crawley game before we get into all that.

‘I feel our squad is good enough to get us where we want to be.

‘But are we looking for players? Of course we are.

‘If we want to go up automatically, eventually you must put a run of results together.

‘So Saturday is a bigger game now against Crawley and we need to take three points.

‘We all need to make sure we are fully focused on that.’

Cook has no plans to make big changes to his squad in January and admits he wouldn’t want to switch his squad with any other group in League Two.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t swap anyone else’s squad for ours.

‘I like working with our players and I see in their eyes that they are up for the challenge.’