Blackpool’s transfer troubles: Whitbread, Hammill and Do Prado latest

Guly Do Prado trains with Pool
Guly Do Prado trains with Pool
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Blackpool have continued their search for new signings this week ... without much joy.

Despite publicly stating he’s happy with his squad, manager Neil McDonald has again been active in his bid to boost his squad.

The Gazette understands Pool offered a contract to former Derby defender Zac Whitbread, with the 31-year-old initially declining the deal.

The American fits the bill for the Seasiders, having plenty of experience and being out of contract since leaving the Rams this summer.

After coming through the ranks at Liverpool, the Houston-born centre-back has enjoyed spells at Leicester, Norwich and Millwall.

It’s unclear whether Pool will return with an improved offer for Whitbread, who played 11 times for Derby last season, including a full 90 minutes in their 4-0 home win over Pool in April.

Asked yesterday about the prospects of adding any new recruits ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Barnsley, McDonald was quick to play his chances down.

“Not before the weekend,” he said. “We are always looking to try and strengthen the squad and we’ll see how that develops.”

Former Southampton striker Guly Do Prado continues to train with Pool in an attempt to secure a deal at Bloomfield Road, although it’s not clear when a decision will be made on the 33-year-old. Pool have also spoken to winger Adam Hammill, who is without a club after leaving Huddersfield at the start of the month.

The 27-year-old, who played 22 games for Blackpool on loan from Liverpool in 2008, spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship side Rotherham.

The Gazette understands talks have taken place this week which could result in the winger joining Pool on trial.

The transfer market has been troublesome for McDonald, who wanted “three or four” new faces before the transfer deadline on September 1 but signed none.

With Pool’s possible targets now restricted to loans and out-of-contract players, striker Martin Paterson is the only new face through the door so far.

With off-field issues at Bloomfield Road again hitting the headlines this week, it’s believed Pool have found it difficult to attract experienced names.

Despite Pool’s problems, Barnsley boss Lee Johnson feels McDonald’s squad will be a threat tomorrow.

He said: “Blackpool are a decent side. They spent a lot of money this summer and they will be frustrated at the start they’ve had. Their forwards are lively and effective. I know Martin Paterson and he is a very good signing.

“Against Gillingham they were very unlucky not to get a result as they worked hard, so it will be tough for us and we need to focus.”