IAN Holloway has admitted he tried to sign the controversial El-Hadji Diouf but reckons the striker wants to go to Europe instead.
The Seasiders boss was due to meet the 30-year-old former Blackburn, Bolton and Liverpool striker last week but received a phonecall telling him the player was heading elsewhere.
“As far as I’m concerned there is nothing in it because he has gone to Greece,” said the manager.
“That was confirmed last week, when he didn’t come to meet me and went to speak to a Greek team instead. I was supposed to meet him last Thursday.
“I told my chairman I wanted to meet him and see what he was like because you don’t know people.
“His reputation isn’t the nicest with away supporters, so I wanted to see what he was like in person. I understand Sam Allardyce really likes him and rates him, and I think he is a very good footballer.
“So this time last week I was getting ready to meet him but the chairman got a call and was told he’d gone off to Greece.
“As far as I know he has gone there. That is as much as I know at the moment.”