Ollie wants ‘two or three’ window signings

Blackpool's Callum McManaman
Blackpool's Callum McManaman
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IAN Holloway is aiming to make at least “two or three” signings next month ... and he hopes Callum McManaman will stay.

It was widely assumed the Wigan winger would be recalled by Roberto Martinez after today’s clash at Birmingham.

But Holloway isn’t so sure. He told The Gazette: “I don’t think it is Callum’s last game at all. I haven’t heard from Wigan yet, so I don’t know but I’m still hopeful.

“He is on something called a youth loan, which means they can call him back for the FA Cup (Wigan have been drawn at Swindon on Saturday) and then send him back to us if they want to. I’ll be delighted if that happens.”

As for the January transfer window, Holloway says Pool’s recent good form – they have risen to seventh after one defeat in nine – won’t prevent him from adding to his squad.

“The fact that we’re playing so well at the moment hasn’t lessened the need to strengthen the squad,” he said.

“I have a great squad and I am very happy with it. We’ve got so many good players and that gives me the option to loan people out, then get them back full of confidence – like we did with Matt Phillips.

“I felt it was really important to send him elsewhere and give him a chance, and it worked.

“Everyone at this club understands what we are doing and we have to try and kick on in the second half of the season.

“I am just delighted with the football we are playing and the important thing is to make sure we keep the balance right.

“You can’t just go out and add players without thinking – it is about making sure they fit in and keep the momentum going.

“I will probably try to bring in at least two or three if I can because we have to keep moving forward.”

Pool have two games in three days before Holloway thinks about transfers.