TRANMERE’S attempts to strengthen a leaky defence won't stop with the loan signing of right back Andrai Jones last weekend.
Finding a central defender, ideally a left-sided one, is a high priority after a worrying start to the League One campaign in which Rovers conceded eight goals in three games and secured just one point.
Manager Ronnie Moore is scouting a centre back while assistants John McMahon and Dave Timmins were also at reserve team matches this week, looking for young players with the potential to fit requirements at Prenton Park.
Tranmere will be without the suspended Danny Holmes for the home game with League One leaders Peterborough United on Saturday.
Veteran centre back Ian Goodison is hoping to get over the ankle injury that ruled him out of the 2-1 defeat at Crewe Alexandra last weekend.
Assistant manager McMahon said: "We are at the point where we need to get another player in.
"We are a threadbare squad anyway. We don't have the numbers to cover various positions.
"Defensive areas are the main concern. When you look at the goals we are conceding - three, three and two in three League One games - it's not good enough."
Tranmere were reduced to 17 fit professionals on the eve of the Crewe game when Goodison and striker Akpo Sodje were forced to cry off with injuries.
The one-month deal for Liverpool-born Jones, 21, was hastily arranged with parent club Barnsley and he signed in time to start the afternoon at Gresty Road on the substitutes bench.
Jones was called into action after little more than half an hour when Holmes was dismissed for two bookable offences. Tranmere could not name another specialist defender among the seven substitutes.
Moore said he was encouraged by the improvement in Tranmere's defending at Crewe, where the visitors had to cope with the disadvantage of being a man short during the final hour.
However, Moore and his staff are concerned about the centre back partnership of Ash Taylor and Stephen Foster because both players are naturally right footed and prefer to play on the right hand side. Foster played on the left in the last two games.
Rovers have options in the midfield and attacking areas. Target man Sodje is having a scan this week to identify the knee problem that kept him sidelined over last weekend.
In Sodje's absence, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro notched his first goal of the season at Crewe and there were signs the Frenchman is beginning to build an understanding with strike partner Ryan Lowe.
McMahon said: "There were bits of encouragement for us to take from the game, even though the result was disappointing and where we are with the squad and the team is disappointing.
"We showed more desire and better organisation. The spirit was evident after we went down to 10 men. I thought the strikers linked up well. They were closer to each other and we have struggled in the past with that. Jean-Louis looked something like back to the form he showed in the early part of last season.
"Going forward is not a concern with the players we have here. We have good options. Defensively is where we are struggling at the moment."
The visit of League One leaders Peterborough to Prenton Park on Saturday sets Tranmere off on a sequence of five home fixtures in the next six games.
They play host to Bolton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup second round next Tuesday (August 27) then make a League One visit to Oldham Athletic on Saturday, August 31.
The Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at home to Fleetwood Town in the week beginning on Sunday, September 1 precedes two league games at Prenton Park against Stevenage on Saturday, September 7 and Brentford on Saturday, September 14.
McMahon said: "Time will tell if a run of so many home games can help us settle as a team. Being at home should be an advantage but it can be an added pressure when things are not going as well is expected."