BURY manager Chris Lucketti has made signing a proven goal-scorer his biggest priority in the transfer window.

The Shakers had more shots during their New Year’s Day clash at Scunthorpe but the hosts grabbed the game’s only goal late on.

Bury are yet to score in six league games since Lucketti took charge but he is believed to be interested in Sheffield United’s James Hanson.

The 30-year-old was also a prolific League One scorer at Bradford before helping Sheffield United win the title last term, but he has barely featured for the Blades in the Championship.

Lucketti was thought to be tracking Scunthorpe’s Paddy Madden before he moved to Fleetwood yesterday. The Cod Army are also believed to be keeping tabs on Shakers left-back Greg Leigh.

And while Lucketti has not revealed his transfer targets, he said there could be some deals done before Saturday’s trip to Plymouth.

“We’re always looking to improve the squad,” he said. “There’s work going on behind the scenes to bring in players, possibly as early as this week.”

Despite leaving all of Bury’s loanees out of the starting line-up for last Saturday’s home defeat by Fleetwood, Lucketti claimed that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be heading back to their parent clubs.

Nicky Ajose, on a season-long loan from Charlton, is the only player to have scored under Lucketti, having claimed both goals in the Checkatrade Trophy win at Walsall.

And although the striker did not even make the bench against Fleetwood or Scunthorpe, Lucketti insists he remains in consideration.

“He’s still part of the plans,” he said. “At the moment he’s just not able to get into the matchday squad.

“Ideally, I’d like a smaller squad. It’s too big, but I’ll treat everybody the same and accommodate everybody.

“While they’re here they’ll be treated in the right way.”

The Bury boss also confirmed that defender Adam Thompson won’t be returning to Gigg Lane as there is no call-back clause as part of the loan deal that took him to Bradford in August.

But Lucketti was pleased to welcome the likes of Neil Danns and fit-again utility man Craig Jones back into the side at Scunthorpe.

“Everybody’s coming together nicely now,” he added. “It’s giving me a good squad to choose from. Having everybody fit will certainly give me more of a balanced selection.”