FORMER Liverpool front man David Amoo joined Tranmere’s League One promotion challenge and described the move as ‘a fantastic opportunity for me.’
The 21-year-old signed a sixth-month deal with Rovers after Preston North End announced they were cancelling his contract at Deepdale.
Manager Ronnie Moore revealed he had attempted to bring Amoo into his plans last summer. Now he has added the youngster to a squad that was short on forward power following Jake Cassidy’s return to Wolves at the start of the month.
Moore said: “I’m really pleased to sign David. He’s a player I tried to bring in last summer and one I’m excited to have at the club.
“He’s got fantastic pace, he can beat players and he can score goals too. He can play out wide or up front and he gives us extra attacking options.
“I’m still hopeful of adding more new faces to the squad as well over the coming weeks.”
Amoo added: “I’m happy to be here, it’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I want to prove myself. Tranmere are doing well and I want to help in the push for promotion.”
South London-born Amoo progressed through the youth system at Millwall before joining Liverpool’s Academy at the age of 16. He did not make a senior appearance at Anfield but spent time on loan at MK Dons, Hull City and Bury before joining Preston North End in the summer.
Amoo played 24 league and cup games for Graham Westley’s Preston, but only nine of those appearances were starts. The move to Tranmere gives the player the opportunity to give his career a re-launch.
He should fit into a Tranmere side that surged to the top of the table on the strength of pace up front. Amoo has competed as a sprinter in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships.
Tranmere’s table topping exploits over the first half of the season have not as yet turned their top performing players into transfer targets – much to Moore’s relief.
As the manager was working on the Amoo deal this week he was able to report that the January transfer window is yet to throw up any incoming bids.
Moore said: “I’ve had no interest in our players. I’m a bit surprised we not have any enquiries and I’m happy about that. I would hate to see anyone go at this stage.
“I’ve not had a phone call or an enquiry and as long as the phone is not ringing about my players I will be happy.”
Not that Tranmere would easily let go any of the players have put them at the front of the League One promotion race on one of the smallest budgets in the division.
“The last thing I want is to lose any of my players and I don’t think it would happen,” Moore said. “We are in a position where we can’t afford to let anyone go. We need to keep the squad together and add to it.”
Two of Tranmere’s most influential players, midfielder James Wallace and striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, have been out of the side since before Christmas as they attempt to overcome long-term injuries. The pair hope to be back in action by the end of January.
Born: April 13, 1991, Southwark, London
Height: 5ft 10in
2011: Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 3 appearances
2011: Hull City (loan) 7 appearances, 1 goal
2011–2012: Bury (loan) 28 appearances, 4 goals
2012–2013: Preston North End 24 appearances, 1 goal