IAN Holloway is launching a double bid for Barry Bannan and Jason Puncheon.
Both are the kind of attacking and tricky players Holloway desperately wants to add to his squad.
And the added bonus is that the manager knows exactly what the pair can do, with Bannan and Puncheon previously enjoying successful loan spells at the club.
Holloway will make contact with Aston Villa this week about a £1m move for Scotland international Bannan.
The Seasiders want to sign the midfielder on a permanent deal, but will settle for a loan move if necessary.
However, the sticking point will be persuading Villa boss Alex McLeish to allow Bannan to leave.
The 21-year-old broke into Villa’s first team for a short spell last season and is on the fringes again this year – doing well after coming off the bench for the last half-hour of Villa’s 3-1 win over Blackburn at the weekend.
He is set to start Villa’s Carling Cup tie against Hereford tonight, and another eye-catching display will increase the chances of McLeish refusing to sanction a move.
Bannan knows Bloomfield Road well – he spent the majority of the 2009-10 promotion season at Pool, making 20 appearances and coming on as a substitute at Wembley in the play-off final victory over Cardiff.
As for Puncheon, he scored three Premier League goals during a half-season long spell with the Seasiders last term and is desperate for a move away from Southampton.
The 25-year-old has been completely frozen out by the Saints and isn’t even training with the first team.
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