Ince hopes start helps Pool sign eight

Blackpool's Paul Ince
Blackpool's Paul Ince
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Paul Ince hopes Blackpool’s sizzling start to the season will help him attract players to the club.

Pool are desperately short of numbers after summer departures and a host of injuries.

Gary MacKenzie is the latest to join the sick-list after he limped off during Saturday’s win over Reading with a hamstring injury.

Ince has until 11pm next Monday to add to his squad before the summer transfer window closes, something he intends to do. The Pool boss said: “It has to be a busy week now in the transfer market for us.

“Everyone looked at Saturday’s win against a good side but we have 42 games left. Looking at our injuries, we need eight players in quickly.

“The more we keep winning, the more we’ll be able to attract good players to Blackpool. The more we can beat teams like Reading, then we’ll be able to get better players here.”

Pool have already added seven to their squad this summer, but with 16 leaving the club Ince is still severely short of options. Although they are looking for quality all over the park, a right-back and an attacking midfielder are top priorities for the Seasiders boss.

But it’s not just on-the-field qualities which matter to Ince. He explained: “It’s all about the spirit here and the ability to all fight together.

“That’s why I talk about the importance of bringing the right sort of players to the club. It’s not just about talent, it’s about how I want my players to be.

“If you can’t motivate a player, then I don’t want him here. Whatever position I ask a player to play, I want him to be motivated. That’s a great trait to have in a club and that’s what I want.”

With Matt Phillips heading to QPR last week, all eyes are on potential bids for Tom Ince.

The national newspapers continue to link the winger with a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle and Tottenham the latest to be mentioned.

The Gazette understands that no offers have come in for the 21-year-old this month but Pool are braced for at least one bid before the window closes.