Blackpool won’t let midfield star go cheap

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POOL won’t let Elliot Grandin leave unless they are offered big money, and say it’s news to them that the midfielder wants out.

Newspaper reports in France have suggested the 24-year-old wants a transfer following the Seasiders’ relegation.

Grandin’s agent claims he is being tracked by a host of clubs throughout Europe, including three Premier League teams.

But Pool manager Ian Holloway, who wants to add to his squad and not lose anyone, will tell Grandin he is not going anywhere.

The Frenchman is under contract for another year, with a further 12 month option, and although Holloway dropped Grandin towards the end of the season, the boss believes he has the potential to be a fine player.

Holloway is on holiday until the weekend but he has been in daily contact with Seasiders secretary Matt Williams, who told The Gazette: “Yes, we’ve seen the quotes in the French newspaper but we’ve had no conversations with Elliot or with any representative of Elliot to discuss that.

“We were surprised to read that because he is very much in our thoughts for next season and he is not someone we would let go lightly.”

Grandin was signed from CSKA Sofia for £500,000 last summer and was virtually an ever-present until the final five games, when he was replaced by Keith Southern.

Holloway said: “Elliot did fantastically well and I was pleased with him, bearing in mind I took him off a DVD. I watched him in action on the DVD and I liked what I saw.

“When I added up how much he would cost and what his wages were ... it just ticked a lot of boxes, so I decided to take a gamble.”