Hartlepool United want Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola on loan

Aaron Tshibola
Aaron Tshibola

Hartlepool United are hoping to seal a season-long loan for Reading star Aaron Tshibola.

The 20-year-old spent five months on loan at Pools last season, playing a key role in the Great Escape.

I’d love to keep him, he has been immense for me


And boss Ronnie Moore is desperate to bring him back to Victoria Park for the duration of the new League Two campaign.

His signing could be revealed on Monday, when the new owners of Hartlepool united - expected to be JPNG Global - are officially announced.

The end of IOR’s spell as owners of Pools was announced on Friday teatime and SportMail understands a new signing will be paraded on Monday to mark the new owners’ arrival.

Tshibola quickly became a firm fans favourite, with the Pools supporters creating a song in his honour to the tune of Spandau Ballet’s Gold.

His form tailed off towards the end of the season, as he battled a groin injury, but Moore kept faith and he played a key role in the last two games of the season.

Providing assists to Jordan Hugill for goals against Exeter City and Carlisle United as Pools finished third-bottom in Sky Bet League Two, four points above the bottom two when all looked lost at the start of March.

Moore had tipped the midfielder to star in the Championship next but SportMail understands he could now be set for a return to The Vic instead.

Speaking in May, Moore said: “Look at Tish, Reading now know that he can play at this level and he has seen a big improvement.

“I’d love to keep him, he has been immense for me when you consider the football he has been playing.

“I think Reading will be looking at League One and bottom half of the Championship for next season and I would imagine he would have no problems getting a club there.”

Tshibola joined on loan at the start of January and went on to play in every game.

The loan market proved key to the survival bid, with Rakish Bingham, Ryan Bird, David Mirfin, Tshibola and Jordan Hugill all impressing during their temporary stints at Pools.

And Moore knows the loan market will be important again for Pools, despite already making six permanent signings.