Oyston’s quest to re-sign trio

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KARL Oyston and Ian Holloway have promised to do all they can to keep David Vaughan, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks at Bloomfield Road.

The trio become free agents after Sunday’s clash with Manchester United and can talk to other clubs.

Wales midfielder Vaughan has been linked with Rangers, Sunderland and Everton, while Scotland internationals Crainey and Gilks have also attracted interest.

But the Pool chairman won’t be letting them go without a fight.

Oyston (right) said: “The situation is that we will do all we can to keep them within the structure we’ve got.

“It is wonderful these lads have so many options. They fully deserve to have them and the interest people are showing. We will do the best we can and hope that is enough to keep the players the manager wants to try to keep.

“By the same token, you always accept in football that players come and go. Players will progress through their careers and see their future elsewhere.

“When that happens, it is up to myself and the manager to keep bringing players in to keep the club going in the direction we all want.”

Asked if the wages the club could offer the trio depended on staying in the Premier League, the chairman replied: “What division we are in doesn’t necessarily dictate what we can offer these players but it would obviously be a major factor.”

Holloway has not given up hope of keeping the trio either. He said: “Am I resigned to losing them? Absolutely not. I’m never resigned to losing players, especially not good players and people I want. I am quite persuasive, to say the least.

“Will I nag them to death and hope they stay? I hope I won’t have to. They know what I do and how I do it, and they know what suits them.

“Then it will be down to financial reasons and the chairman will get down to that side of it once he knows where we are.

“The chairman has obviously seen how they have played, so he’ll have to decide where he wants to go with the budget.

“If the players concerned haven’t accepted what we’ve offered, then we’ll have to revisit it. Either we’ll say, ‘We’re not going to improve that offer. Are you going to sign now we’ve stayed up?’ or we’ll say, ‘We’ve gone down and we will only pay you that’.