Oyston hopeful of transfer movement

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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KARL Oyston is hopeful that Blackpool can strengthen their squad ahead of the players returning for pre-season on Monday.

Pool’s chairman met boss Ian Holloway on Friday to discuss options and potential targets.

And despite typical caution over making promises, Oyston hopes something can be done.

“I certainly hope we can do some business before the lads come back for training on Monday,” he said.

“You know how the transfer market is and how it works though, it’s hard to predict.

“We spent Friday locked in my office going through the lists of players, targets and needs for the season.

“We trawled through the list of inquiries we’ve made while he’s been away in regards to targets.

“We hope to see some progress on the ones we’ve inquired about, and are still interested in.”

As well as incoming players, the Seasiders have question marks over the futures of key players such as Charlie Adam, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks.

Adam is the subject of an offer from Liverpool, David Vaughan has already informed the club of his decision to leave, while the other pair are mulling over offers made to them by the club.

And Oyston believes he’s made them decent offers.

He said: “We’ve offered good terms to three of the players who were out of contract.

“Vaughan has gone elsewhere, although that’s not been confirmed yet, and the manager is speaking to the other two ahead of pre-season training.

“As for Charlie, I never like to respond to rumours or what a lot of people think, I don’t want to comment on that situation really.”

Blackpool have sold almost 10,000 season tickets for the coming season, almost 4,000 up on their previous spell in the Championship.

And Oyston is over the moon with the response of the Blackpool public.

“The way the supporters have got behind the club has been fantastic,” he said.

“The support has been magnificent, and the season ticket sales have been brilliant. I hope we reward them with some good results.

“Good results and good entertainment is what Ian is all about.

“In a very difficult time economically, the amount of season tickets we’ve sold is a brilliant achievement.

“I just hope we give them something to cheer about.”