Pool's new hope in transfer market

POOL are confident they can attract new players, claiming their 25 Premier League points to date make Bloomfield Road a tempting place to play.

Manager Ian Holloway, who has turned down an improved 3.5m bid for Charlie Adam from Aston Villa, missed out on Plymouth's Bradley Wright-Phillips, who has joined Championship side Reading despite Pool registering their interest.

But Holloway isn't worried by that setback and feels the club is in a strong position to make signings.

"I am very confident we will attract a player who wants to come to us now for all sorts of good reasons, rather than bad ones," he said.

"Last summer I struggled to convince people that we might not go down.

I don't think that will be as difficult with 25 points in the bag.

"We know how difficult it is still going to be but other players might be saying, 'They might stay up', whereas in the summer it was, 'They've got no chance – they'll go down with the lowest points total ever'. So a few things might have changed.

"With where we are and what the chairman wants to do, I anticipate us doing more of our business next summer rather than now."

"But that said, I wouldn't mind two, three, four players now if I can, just to bolster us a bit."

And Holloway says there is money in the Bloomfield Road coffers to splash.

"The chairman likes our situation. For the first time really since he has been here he has some money in the bank and can spend it if he wants to," he added.

"He probably doesn't want to. He'd like some more players like Matty Phillips and the ones I added in the summer.

"He likes those kinds of deals but he understand we might need to speculate to accumulate again if we can, and I can't thank him enough for that really.

"The only difficulty is where they (potential new players) think our wage structure is, where it is in reality and where it would be if we went back down."

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