Dobbie’s demands block deal

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POOL are no closer to securing a deal to bring Stephen Dobbie back to Bloomfield Road

The Seasiders have agreed a fee with Swansea for the striker who has enjoyed two loan spells at the club.

But Dobbie is believed to be on a good contract at the Liberty Stadium and is unwilling to lower his demands.

The two parties are believed to disagree on a number of issues, including the length of the player’s contract.

But despite the hold-up, Ian Holloway remains hopeful. He said: “We’ve agreed a fee with Swansea but we can’t agree wages with the boy, that’s just the way it is.

“He thinks he’s going to get all sorts of other offer and all sorts of money, and Swansea are telling us he’s not going to.

“They’ve had no other interest so far, so hopefully it will all take care of itself.

“Would I like him? Yes. Would my chairman like him? Yes. But there are certain things we’ll have to go through to get him.”

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It’s been a frustrating week or so in the transfer market for Pool, who have seen several bids for players turned down and ongoing ‘red-tape’ issues involving two young European players.

One of those is Anderson Banvo, who was released by Paris St-Germain at the end of last season and has been training with the Seasiders since agreeing terms at Bloomfield Road.

Only an issue involving the 19-year-old’s agent is preventing the deal from going through.

Holloway added: “Young Anderson Banvo will hopefully finally sign. He looks the sort of forward we’ve been looking for – he’s 6’3” already.

“He’s a bit young yet, but I’ll work with him behind the scenes and who knows what will happen?”

The Seasiders remain confident they can do business before the transfer window slams shut on Friday week.

Holloway has spoken of his search for forward players and could also add a defender.

He said: “I want to do two or three things before the deadline but I think we’ll be strong.

“It’s all about keeping the momentum.

“It’s not who you lose as a club, it’s about who you bring in. They have to be the next hero.”

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