McDonald’s top three transfer targets for Blackpool

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Neil McDonald has revealed his wish-list ahead of the transfer deadline.

While Blackpool’s boss stopped short of naming his targets, he revealed that two defenders and a striker are his priorities with just 17 days left before the summer window closes.

The Seasiders take on

Rochdale at Bloomfield Road this afternoon, searching for their first win of the season against a backdrop of yet more supporters protests outside the stadium.

After a hugely disappointing Capital One Cup defeat to League Two side Northampton on Tuesday , manager McDonald is keen to add to his vastly inexperienced squad.

And the Pool boss appears to know exactly what he wants. “We are targeting two or three now,” he revealed.

“Without giving too much away, we are probably looking for a couple of defenders and a forward I think. That’s where we need to strengthen the squad.”

Keith Hill’s Rochdale arrive at Bloomfield Road after winning both matches so far – an opening-day victory against Peterborough and a penalty shoot-out success at Coventry. A thousand travelling supporters are expected to cheer Dale on this afternoon and McDonald believes they will be among of the top sides.

He said: “I would imagine Rochdale will be one of the league’s favourites.

“Hilly knows the division very well and they will be a tough nut to crack. I went to watch them in pre-season against AFC Fylde and our scouts have had them watched a few times.”

After Tuesday’s 3-0 horror show, Pool will switch their formation from the 4-3-3 which failed miserably at Sixfields Stadium.

And McDonald has asked for a return to the first-half display at Colchester a week ago. He added: “We went three up top against Northampton but we didn’t play as well as we did against Colchester.

“We have been working hard on the training ground on different formations.

“We picked 4-4-2 against Colchester and we’ll probably go back to that on Saturday.

“I feel it will give us a good chance to win the game. We are trying to look at the positives and we are looking for the first half against Colchester.

“In that half we showed we can score goals.”