Ayr United manager David Hopkin says the club are close to adding more players to their forward line after the club secured the services of striker Tomi Adeloye last week.

The 25-year-old former Charlton Athletic, Millwall and Stoke City player penned a one-year deal with the Honest Men after scoring in the 2-0 friendly win last week against Stranraer.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Hopkin said: “Adeloye coming in gives us something different, he is a powerful, quick and good in front of goal.

“We are always looking to add players and a bit of quality to the squad but I think the next three or four players that we get in will have to be in the top end of the pitch.

“That area of the park is always the hardest to get in but we have to be patient because we will get players in the end.”

Alongside the Honest Men’s victory over Stranraer last week they contested a 1-1 draw with last season’s Championship winners Hearts.

Ayr opened the scoring in the second half in Largs courtesy of a Michael Moffat before Hearts soon equalised via Liam Boyce, with Hopkin happy with his team’s performance against a Premiership side.

“It was always going to be tough as the side we faced, with a few exceptions, was the same one that won the league last year. The players responded well to the challenge against a side that were going to make us work that little bit harder.”

Ayr’s next friendly sees them facing Premiership opposition again as they play St Mirren before they begin their League Cup group stage campaign on Saturday.

The Honest Men begin their Group E fixtures with an away trip to League Two side Albion Rovers, with Hopkin saying he hopes his side can get some positive results early in the group.

“Albion Rovers is a tough opener, then we face Edinburgh City and I know their manager Gary Naysmith is going to get his side organised and make it difficult for us.

“It is all about getting results now and hopefully we can pick up points early in the group.”