Blackpool miss out on transfer targets and Phillips cash

QPR's Matt Phillips
QPR's Matt Phillips
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Blackpool’s problems intensified after failing to attract any new faces before last night’s transfer deadline.

Despite Neil McDonald’s pleas for more bodies since the start of the season, the manager was left frustrated after seeing his targets slip away.

The Pool boss said at the start of the season that he required “four or five” more players before downgrading his hopes to “two or three” this week.

And with winless Pool rooted to the bottom of League One and desperately short of confidence, the lack of new faces will worry fans and club staff.

The Gazette understands that Pool moved for a centre-back and a striker in the hours running up to the 6pm deadline, but both were concerned about the ongoing troubles at the club and were unwilling to move.

Swindon forward Michael Smith, who was linked with the Seasiders last week, signed for Barnsley on loan for the rest of the season.

Despite the manager’s talk in recent weeks about his wishes to add to the squad, not one update was issued by the club on a deadly silent deadline day.

Supporters were left in the dark as neither the club’s website nor official Twitter account had anything to say on first-team matters all day.

Pool will now turn their attentions to unattached players, who can be signed at any time, as well as the loan market, which opens next Wednesday.

Pool also missed out on a cash windfall yesterday, with Matt Phillips staying at QPR.

The winger was linked to several Premier League clubs and West Brom were expected to swoop with an offer of around £9m.

As part of the deal which saw Phillips leave Blackpool for Loftus Road in 2013, Pool are entitled to around 10 per cent of any future transfer fee above the £5m the London club paid for the 24-year-old.

It means Pool missed out on as much as £400,000 after Phillips stayed put.

One former Pool player who did make a move yesterday was Wes Thomas.

He left Birmingham to join Swindon on loan, while Adam Hammill saw his contract terminated by Huddersfield Town.