IAN Holloway will have to scour the loan market if he is to add firepower to his squad after a desperately frustrating transfer deadline day.
The Seasiders tabled bids for a dozen players but clinched only one permanent deal – Sheffield United striker Daniel Bogdanovic for £250,000.
West Brom right-back James Hurst, aged 19, has joined for the rest of the season on loan.
But that wasn’t exactly the extent of the business Holloway had hoped to do.
He left chairman Karl Oyston with a list of 18 players, with the emphasis on strikers and attacking midfielders, but the Seasiders were rebuffed on almost every deal.
During a disappointing day, they made bids for Jason Puncheon, Jason Scotland, Nile Ranger, Dexter Blackstock, Stephen Dobbie and Stephen Quinn but had no joy, the deals falling through for a variety of reasons.
Ipswich frontman Scotland couldn’t agree personal terms; a deal was agreed in principle for Sheffield United’s Quinn until the Blades asked for a much higher fee at the 11th hour; and Swansea knocked back Pool’s six-figure bid for Dobbie without hesitation.
Pool held lengthy talks with Southampton about bringing former loan star Puncheon back to Bloomfield Road. However, the Saints asked for a straight swap deal involving a Blackpool player, believed to be Ian Evatt, which the Seasiders refused to do.
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