Whichever online source you use for your dose of Tranmere rumours and speculation, you will no doubt have been caught-up in the never ending ‘Danny Rowe to Tranmere’ saga.
For more than a week now, speculation has linked Rovers with a move for the AFC Fylde striker. Suggestions of a bid being submitted, rejected, counter bid made, player(s) offered in exchange and so on continue to swirl.
But there is no official news and no official word that we’re in for the player, as you’d expect until anything is confirmed. So other than a desperate need to replace Andy Cook, why would a move for Rowe make sense?
Well, here are just a few reasons why the move for Rowe could stack-up, and even if there is nothing in it, just why the rumour won’t go away.
- Micky has signed him before
Tranmere boss Micky Mellon has actually signed the player once before. In December 2010, Mellon took Rowe to Fleetwood, signing him from Kendal Town. However, Rowe didn’t force his way in to the first team often under Mellon and spent time out on loan at Droylsden, Stockport and Barrow before joining Lincoln on a free transfer in 2013.
- He smashed the National League and fits the bill for Rovers
As we all know, Rowe was beaten to the National League golden boot by a certain Andy Cook who pipped him by a single goal. If Rovers are looking for a centre forward who can score goals, then looking in the National League is a sensible thing to do.A whole host of players have moved from that division in to the Football League this summer, and with Rowe’s record over the last two seasons, it would make sense for a club in League Two to take a punt on him.
- He has only 12 months remaining on his contract
Rowe is entering the final year of his contract at Fylde, and aged 29, it’s natural that he’d be looking to break in to the Football League sooner rather than later. While Fylde do not need to sell, it may be that cashing in on the forward this summer would make more sense rather than losing him for free next year.
- Rowe knows a few the current Tranmere squad
How much it matters we don’t know, but if Rowe wants to move to a club where he will know some of his team mates already or at least know a little about the club, then Prenton Park is a good destination. He was at Fleetwood with the likes of Scott Davies and Steve McNulty and also with Jeff Hughes who could always put in a good word. Clutching at straws? You bet.