Strikers snub Latics
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Oldham manager Ronnie Moore has been rejected by a string of strikers.Oldham Athletic manager Ronnie Moore has revealed he has been on the receiving end of a string of snubs as he looks to bring a new striker to Boundary Park.
Moore is desperate to pep up his Latics attack as he seeks to keep the club in League One.
To that end, Moore has been making enquiries about the availability of several forwards plying their trade in The Championship.
Reading duo Shaun Goater and Lloyd Owusu are on Moore's wanted list, while Coventry's Dele Adebola and Stoke's Carl Asaba have rejected moves to Boundary Park.
The Latics have also asked about Fulham youngster Elvis Hammond, who is on loan at Dutch club RBC Roosendaal.
Moore is awaiting a response from Sheffield United regarding teenager Jonathan Forte but the Latics chief admits it is proving to be a frustrating task.
"We've had no luck but we have been on the phone a lot," said Moore on the club's official website. "I think we need a striker, preferably with a little bit of pace.
"We've phoned lots, Elvis Hammond, Goater, Owusu at Reading, we nearly had (Jonathon) Douglas the midfield player from Blackburn but unfortunately he turned us down and went to Gillingham.
"We tried for a young kid from Sheffield United, we're still waiting for an answer on that - on Jonathan Forte. He's not the biggest but he's very quick.
"Adebola's turned us down today from Coventry, which is a bit disappointing because I thought he might have done alright.
"Asaba's another one who doesn't want to come. Players are dictating where they want to go and when they want to go and a lot of them seem to be happy sat playing reserve team football."