Tranmere are hunting two strikers as they embark on their League One adventure, as reported by Rovers Rearguard.
Mickey Mellon’s side secured a second successive promotion with a last-gasp win at Wembley against Newport in the play-offs, and are now preparing not only for life in the third-tier but a future without leading scorer James Norwood.
He is closing in on a move to Ipswich, leaving Mellon hunting a new talisman. He’s thought to have made two strikers a priority, AFC Fylde’s prolific Danny Rowe and Wigan’s Callum Lang.
Rowe, who bagged 27 goals this season, is out of contract at Fylde and after they lost their play-off final against Salford, he could be set to move on.
He’s been prolific over a number of seasons in the north east, netting 139 goals in a four-year stay at the club. He’s previously spent time with Stockport County and Lincoln City.
Lang spent time on loan with Oldham Athletic last season, scoring 13 times in 42 outings for the struggling Latics. He netted a brace against Tranmere and the 20-year-old is now believed to have been identified as a possible successor to the departed Norwood.
Both strikers could do a job in League One, but both represent a gamble too. Lang has had two good loans spells, one with Morecambe and the other with Oldham. He’s bagged 23 in two seasons, but as yet hasn’t proved himself at the higher level.
Rowe has been scoring for fun in the National League North and latterly the National League and at 29-years-old, his next move is crucial. Whether he can adapt to football two divisions higher than he’s at now is the big question.
If he could bag half as many goals as he has done in the last four years, he’d be a massive success.