Tranmere boss plays down Shane Duffy loan move

Derry-born defender Shane Duffy has been linked with a loan move to League One side Tranmere Rovers despite an encouraging pre-season with Everton

Tranmere Rovers manager Ronnie Moore has insisted there is no truth in the rumours linking him with a move for Republic of Ireland U21 international Shane Duffy.

The 20-year-old has featured heavily for Everton during their busy pre-season schedule so far and has put in some eye catching performances at the heart of the Toffees defence. However there are strong reports that David Moyes is willing to allow the centre-back out on loan in order to gain more first team experience with several Championship clubs believed to be interested.

Speaking after Tranmere’s 3-1 defeat to Bolton on Tuesday, Moore quashed reports that he was close to completing a loan deal for Duffy, but insisted he would love to bring him to Prenton Park.

“I would love to have the lad here because he is just the type we want but it looks as if it is more likely a Championship club will take him,” the Rovers boss told the Liverpool Echo.

Duffy has played six times for Noel King’s Republic of Ireland U21 side but is yet to make his senior debut despite impressing on loan at Football League clubs Burnley and Scunthorpe United in previous seasons.