Ronnie Moore still keen on adding former Aston Villa youth to his squad

Ronnie Moore
Ronnie Moore

RONNIE Moore is still confident of adding former Aston Villa youth Ebby Nelson-Addy to his Hartlepool United squad.

The 22-year-old attacker currently plays for Conference North side Brackley Town but has been training with Pools at Maiden Castle and starred in a reserve fixture.

Moore told SportMail that he has spoken with Nelson-Addy’s cousin, who doubles up as his agent, and he is hopeful of securing him on a contract until the end of the season.

The Pools boss believes full-time training will benefit the pacy forward, who can also play anywhere up front.

“We have spoken to his agent and I will speak to the chairman,” said Moore. “I think he’s got a chance, can play up top or midfield with pace and full-time training for him can help.

“We may take him in and see if we can develop him as there’s plenty to work with. He’s been training with us and once I get the information back from the chairman and [chief executive] Russ Green we will move on it.”

Moore also still has space for loan signings in his squad but he has previously told SportMail that financially there is scope for one more addition.

Along with assistant manager Sam Collins, Moore has been travelling to watch games up and down the country, including looking at Everton U-21 striker Courtney Duffus.

Moore said: “You would not believe how many strikers and how many games we have looked at and how many calls we have made.

“Everywhere we have had a slap on the face – a young lad at Everton I’ve tried to get from day one and he could play for them this season. Trying to get an experienced one is impossible.

“Is a goalscorer really going to come here in the situation we are in? Probably not.

“It has been difficult – we have players in other areas, but that striker is goal dust. We keep trying.”