Blackpool miss out on Rangers star but close in on striker

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Blackpool remain in talks with several targets but have cooled on former Rangers midfielder Ian Black.

Manager Neil McDonald is desperate to add new faces, having failed to land his targets ahead of last week’s transfer deadline.

Pool have offered contracts to free agents Miles Addison and Martin Paterson, with a deal for the latter close to being agreed.

The former Burnley and Huddersfield striker scored in Wednesday’s reserves win over Morecambe and has told the club he wants to join.

McDonald revealed: “We are in talks with Martin now and that’s ongoing.

“The chairman and Martin’s agent are talking. He wants to come and we want him here.

“He’s a goalscorer. He’s lacking match fitness but we’ll be building that up. He’s a proven good player and that’s what I want here.”

McDonald met with chairman Karl Oyston on Wednesday to discuss plans for the club, with squad recruitment high on the agenda. As ever, Pool intend to make use of the loan market, which opened this week.

McDonald said: “Players at Premier League clubs who have been left out of the (squad of) 25 are happy to move now. We are still looking to bring players in for all levels.

“It’s unlikely we’ll get anyone in before the weekend. It will be the same squad that goes (to Gillingham), although if we can get Martin over the line we’ll add him.”

One player they are unlikely to land is former Ibrox man Black, who could sign for Shrewsbury after talks with Blackpool stalled.

The 30-year-old left Rangers this summer after three seasons and held discussions with McDonald last week.

While a number of Scottish clubs are understood to be keen on the midfielder, Black is eager to try his hand in English football.

He revealed: “Blackpool looked to be an option. However, nothing concrete has been offered so far.

“Clubs are reassessing their squads now and I will see what happens.”

Black played for Shrewsbury in their Development League win at Wrexham on Wednesday.