THE Seasiders have agreed a fee with Newcastle for striker Nile Ranger which will shatter the club record if the transfer goes through.
But the deal – thought to be in the region of £1.75m – hinges on Pool agreeing personal terms with the 20-year-old.
Chairman Karl Oyston has persuaded the Magpies to part company with Ranger – quite an achievement as the frontman signed a five-and-a-half year contract at Christmas.
Pool see the 6’1” targetman as the ideal replacement for DJ Campbell, who is expected to leave in the next few days, and the perfect foil for latest signing Kevin Phillips.
The deal with Newcastle is done but a compromise on Ranger’s wage is yet to be agreed.
Oyston said: “There is a lot of work in progress on the transfer front.
“We have had a bid accepted by a club for a Premier League player (Ranger) that is significantly in excess of our previous highest bid, and it is now entirely down to the player and his agent to determine matters so that we can progress.”
Pool are also on the verge of wrapping up deals for Liverpool duo Tom Ince, an attacking midfielder, and winger Gerardo Bruna.
The pair have been in negotiations for several days and progress has been made in the last 24 hours.
“It is moving closer,” confirmed Oyston. “I am hoping for a call back on both of them today, but it is done when the ink is dry on the contract and not before.”
With Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson not far from being a done deal too, things are suddenly looking up on the transfer front for Pool.
Oyston is aware of criticism from some fans about deals taking too long to complete, but he had this message for those who question the club’s transfer policy.
“Deals are getting done now because the manager is back off holiday.
“That is the time we start to do these things,” said the chairman.
“Believe it or not, I don’t sit in my office trundling through Wikipedia and thinking, ‘Oh, he looks a good player, I’ll have him’. I don’t then sign him and say to Ian, ‘Look who I’ve got for you’.
“I wait till he comes back, he tells me who he wants and I go and get them if I can.
“Anyone who thinks it works differently is very mistaken.”
On the Ferguson front, Oyston added: “I am just waiting for some phonecalls, so it is close. But until I receive those calls there can be no further progress.”
Asked if the former Scotland and Rangers skipper, expected to join from Birmingham in a £750,000 deal, was a replacement for Charlie Adam, Oystone said: “The one time any manager or anyone here said that someone was coming to replace someone else was probably when John Doolan replaced Richie Wellens, which was extremely unfortunate. We all know how that went, so no-one is replacing anyone.”
Pool have confirmed that Miguel Angel Liera, a defender released by Charlton, is one of two triallists training with the squad in Portugal.
The other is the former Queen of the South captain Bob Harris, a left-back now out of contract.
The club say there is no truth in speculation linking them with Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn.