Hartlepool United boss Moore keen to land former Aston Villa youth-teamer on short-term deal

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RONNIE Moore is plotting a transfer swoop, with the Hartlepool United manager keen to hold talks with former Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy.

Pools experienced a busy deadline day, with Plymouth striker Marvin Morgan and Scunthorpe defender David Mirfin arriving on loan, while Nicky Featherstone and Scott Harrison penned permanent deals.

But Moore is keen to add further new faces and has targeted bringing in another striker and winger – with quick players high on his wishlist.

Trialist Nelson-Addy, a 22-year-old midfielder from Conference North side Brackley Town, has been training at Maiden Castle for the past week and he starred for Pools’ reserves in midweek.

Moore was impressed and is planning talks with his agent, with the possibility of a short-term deal on the table for Nelson-Addy.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old attacking midfielder Shepherd Murombedzi, from Reading’s Under-21s, also played for the reserves but Moore was less keen on him.

“If I can do something before the weekend I might do,” said Moore.

“We need pace, be it wide or down the middle and we will look to strengthen in that area.

“The two trialists did OK for the reserves, but Sheppy is probably not for me.

“But Ebby did well and was decent on the ball and he has a bit of pace too.

“I will have a word with his agent and see what they are looking at and where we can go with him.

“He has been at the club a week and he is very quick, can play wide right or down the middle and he did well in the reserves.

“He played for Brackley on Tuesday night for an hour and then 90 minutes for us the day after so that shows he is keen and he was our best player on the night.”

Pools, who are six points adrift at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two, host Stevenage at Victoria Park tomorrow (KO 3pm) and Moore is keen to add more pace to the side.

Striker Rakish Bingham, who spent a month on loan from Mansfield Town in January, had it in abundance but was re-called to the Stags.

With Scott Fenwick, Marlon Harewood and Marvin Morgan the only other strikers registered on the books at Pools, there is a distinct lack of pace in the final third.

The emergency loan window is open and remains an option, while unattached players can also be signed by league clubs.

“We need pace in the wide areas or down the middle, or in the ‘10’ role,” added Moore.

“Mind, I’m not a lover of the 10 role because I think I can play there – you don’t pick up and just float about doing nowt!

“If you are clever in there it can work but then that is something we haven’t got.

“If I can get a striker in, a bit like Bings, that would be good because we are lacking that a bit.”