Ferguson loan talks continue

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POOL are in talks with several clubs interested in taking skipper Barry Ferguson on loan.

Ian Holloway revealed in last night’s Gazette that the 34-year-old is available after he was left out of the team for Saturday’s defeat at Burnley.

Middlesbrough have expressed an interest but it’s believed the Scot’s former club Birmingham are leading the race.

However, the Blues wanted Pool to take a player in return to cover Ferguson’s wages, but the Seasiders aren’t too keen on such a deal.

Holloway said: “If someone comes in and takes up his wages, he can go. He wants to play football and I don’t guarantee anyone that.

“I wouldn’t look to replace Barry with another midfielder. It’s an area we are strong in.

“We paid Birmingham £750,000 for Barry, so if they want him on loan our chairman thinks they should take up his wages rather than do a player swap. If they offer us someone from their first team, then maybe we’d look at a swap.”