Ebbsfleet United manager Daryl McMahon scotched suggestions that he disliked loan deals and said he was “really hopeful” of landing a permanent player in the coming week.

“I’m hoping this week we might add another player to the squad which I’m really hopeful about,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “It will give us another attacking option, which is good news to help the players in the run-in.”

McMahon is under no illusions that hopeful supporters will be hanging on his every word following the on-off saga of James Alabi’s reported move from Tranmere and accepts that sometimes he has to be careful of raising expectations.

He has been hopeful of landing new signings previously, with Fleet having missed out on two or three players by the skin of their teeth, and McMahon says that’s part and parcel of the transfer market.

“[Those deals were all] realistic then as well,” he said. “Sometimes players go somewhere else. I’m just being honest, maybe I shouldn’t say it.

“We’ve got one or two ticking along that we hope to get done before Halifax. At least one, which we’re fairly confident on [as a permanent signing].”

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