Hartlepool boss confirms Morgan interest as Reading midfielder extends stay

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RONNIE Moore has confirmed he IS interested in signing Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan – but admits no new additions are likely until next week.

The Pools boss travelled down to Plymouth earlier this week to run the rule over Morgan at Home Park, with the 6ft 4in forward scoring twice in a reserve cup tie against Newport County.

The 31-year-old was making his return after a spell out injured with an abdominal muscle strain and has been on Moore’s radar since he joined Pools, as revealed by SportMail.

Argyle manager John Sheridan has previously said he would not stand in the way of Morgan, who has scored twice this season, making a loan move to Hartlepool if he wanted to.

But if he were to sign before tomorrow’s match between the two sides at Victoria Park then he wouldn’t be playing.

Moore was keen to stress at his pre-match press conference that while he is tracking Morgan he isn’t putting all of his “eggs in one basket”.

He said: “Marvin Morgan is one I’ve watched.

“We are looking for a striker but you can’t have all your eggs in one basket.

“There are two or three others too and we are hopeful, come Monday, someone will be in.”

Sheridan said: “I have made it clear [to Morgan] he’s available to go out to whichever club suits him.

“I spoke to Ronnie [Moore] and I think he has been talking to Marvin’s agent so Ronnie knew the situation before he even came down to watch him.

“Full credit to Ronnie, though.

“He has come a long way to watch a reserve game.”

While the pursuit of a new striker continues, Pools have been boosted by confirmation Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola has extended his loan deal until the end of the season.

Tshibola turned down another League Two club to seal an extended stay at Pools.

“I always wanted to stay here,” he said.

“I feel comfortable at the club and didn’t want to ruin that so once there was the chance to stay I was keen to get everything sorted.

“I am ready for the fight ahead now – if we keep on playing like we did against Tranmere then I am more than confident we can stay up.

“We’ve got a big game against Plymouth tomorrow now.”

The 20-year-old has featured in every game since joining and SportMail revealed Moore was keen to secure his services for longer.

Moore added: “We want two more in, new blood lifts all the players too and you have seen how good the players that have come in are too.

“We are trying to keep Aaron [Tshibola] and we are in talks with Reading to see if we can get that right.

“Tish is a good player, there is no doubt about that.

“We have been very fortunate that he came here because there was one or two clubs interested in him.

“I know Nick Hammond at Reading really well and he has sorted me out in the past with one or two players.

“He knows they get treated well and get good coaching.”

Tshibola will start tomorrow’s match at home to the Pilgrims and Moore is hoping his side can continue the momentum gained at Tranmere Rovers last weekend.

Pools came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw thanks to Scott Fenwick’s 14th minute strike.

Reflecting on the point, Moore said: “Last week we reacted quickly to going one-down, it was a great performance and the best since I’ve been there and the best in a while.

“They moved the ball well and all gave me the effort I asked for.

“In the past, they have folded like a pack of cards and maybe we were a bit fortunate to get the goal quickly to get back into it but then there was only going to be one winner, we just didn’t get that break.

“Recent results and performances have been a vast improvement though.

“At Tranmere they all knew how important it was for me personally, as well as the club, and that set the benchmark.

“If we can perform that way in the remaining games then we will get on a run and will win more than we lose.”