IAN Holloway’s hopes of bringing Paul Anderson and Stephen Dobbie to the seaside are fading fast.
Anderson met with the manager at Bloomfield Road not long after the end of the season. The pair got on and the out-of-contract Nottingham Forest wideman was offered a two-year deal with a further 12-month option.
However, almost a month on, the club have still not had any word back from the 23-year-old and fear he has decided to go elsewhere.
Dobbie, another big summer target after firing six goals in eight games during a loan spell at the end of last season, is available to buy from Swansea but the Welsh club have slapped a £1.1m transfer fee on the frontman.
Given that Dobbie turns 30 later this year and he is entering the final year of his contract at Swansea, Pool are reluctant to match that valuation.
The Gazette understands they have lodged an offer, which amounts to almost £1m in add-ons and future payments, but Swansea want to receive the money sooner.
That deal has stalled and, as it stands, won’t go through.
However, there might be still some hope. New Swans boss Michael Laudrup has announced he wants to trim his squad to 22 players for “practical reasons” – which means he may be able to persuade the Swansea board to accept a lower bid for Dobbie.
The hefty price tag slapped on Dobbie is one of the reasons Holloway is concentrating on bringing in foreign players.
His three top summer targets are all from overseas. Chairman Karl Oyston is working on the deals.