Mar 8 2012 by Nick Hilton, The Liverpool Post
Ronnie Moore is eager to bring in a pacy striker at Tranmere
NEW manager Ronnie Moore is anxious to add firepower and pace to the Tranmere attack by recruiting a striker from the loan market.
The timeline is as soon as possible, with a signing ahead of Saturday's home game against Leyton Orient the first target.
Moore took plenty of encouragement from Rovers' spirited performance in his first game in charge, a 1-1 draw against promotion challengers Notts County at Prenton Park on Tuesday.
But the man who succeeded Les Parry at the start of the week was quick to identify the weakness in a side that has scored only 32 goals in 34 League One games this season.
Moore said: “What we need stands out like a sore thumb. But where do you go to get a natural goalscorer who is going to come and play for us?
“I am on the phone and so is our chief scout Dave Philpotts, looking for someone.
“The problem is, if I am the manager of a Championship club and I have three strikers, I would not let anyone out at the moment. What you might get is a fourth choice or a young kid who was a bit raw.”
Moore added: “We are looking for someone with a bit of pace. I have one or two little irons in the fire, but nothing with a name that is going to make people sit up.
“It will be a young kid who might .... just might set the place on fire.”
Moore ran his eye over a Liverpool reserve game on Tuesday and said: “They have one or two youngsters who could possibly do with coming out and learning their trade with a League club. So I might make one or two phone calls and perhaps someone at Liverpool will be kind to us.”
Moore said he was “proud” of the response from the Tranmere players, who secured a point on Tuesday night thanks to an injury time equaliser from skipper John Welsh.
The result was enough to keep Tranmere outside the bottom four - by a single point.
Moore said: “It is important we don't go below that line. There is pressure in being where we are. When you go into the bottom four you are chasing things. If we can do our job at Prenton Park we will be okay.”