TRANMERE manager Ronnie Moore added attacking and defensive strength to his depleted squad by recruiting two new players in loan-transfer deadline day deals.
Striker Michael O’Halloran signed on a loan from Bolton Wanderers that runs until January 6 while teenage West Bromwich Albion defender Donervorn Daniels also arrived at Prenton Park on an arrangement that runs beyond the turn of the year.
Glaswegian O’Halloran, 21, although yet to make a first-team appearance for Bolton, played seven games on loan to Sheffield United towards the end of last season. A loan with Carlisle United at the start of the current campaign was cut short after 12 days and one appearance.
The 6’2” centre forward boasts Scotland honours at under 17, under 19 and under 21 level.
Daniels, 18, is yet to play a senior game but has attracted the interest of several Premier League clubs.
Moore said: “I’m really pleased to bring Michael in. We’re short on attacking options so Michael is a welcome addition to the squad.
“I’ve watched him a few times and he’s got pace and he can score goals. I’d like to thank Dougie Freedman for allowing Michael to join us.”
Daniels, 18, joined West Brom from Reading in 2009 and has become a regular in the Albion Under-21 side.
He was named the Premier League club’s Young Player of the Year last season.
Moore said: “With Mark McChrystal going to Scunthorpe to gain match fitness and Ben Gibson able to be called back by Middlesbrough at any time, we were short at the back so Donervorn will add to our options.
“He’s only young but he’s done well in West Brom’s Under-21 side. He’s big and strong and I look forward to working with him.
“I’d like to thank West Brom and Steve Clarke for allowing Donervorn to join us.”
Moore was anxious to add extra attacking options to his table topping squad a time when injuries are biting hard and a degree of uncertainty surrounds the status of long-term loan players Jake Cassidy and Ben Gibson.
Cassidy’s loan from Wolves runs until early January at which point the Championship club say they will be taking him back to assess whether the teenager is ready to join the first-team squad at Molineux. However, under the terms of the youth loan, Wolves can now recall Cassidy at any time.
Tranmere’s pacy front man Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is liable to be kept on the sidelines until mid January with a foot injury.
Rovers, without the services of Ash Taylor for the League One encounter with Stevenage tomorrow, are likely to give Ian Goodison a first senior start of the season in the week of his 40th birthday.
The release of McChrystal to Scunthorpe earlier in the week left Tranmere short of cover in the central defensive positions, although the versatile Michael Kay is capable of operating at centre back as well as right back.
Moore said: “We have to be careful about the defensive situation. Even though we have agreed with ‘Boro that Ben Gibson can stay until the end of the season, they can call him back whenever they want if they pick up injuries.
“The last thing I want is to lose Ben and Tony Mowbray has said he won’t call Ben back unless he has to.”