Pool bid for ‘five or six’ players

Blackpool boss Lee Clark
Blackpool boss Lee Clark
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Blackpool have made offers to “five or six”players ahead of this summer’s League One rebuild, but manager Lee Clark isn’t willing to wait too long for their answers.

With the club already relegated, contract talks for next season began last week, with a number of offers made for potential new signings.

Boss Clark’s transfer wish-list includes as many as five targets for each position, and he is keen to get deals done as quickly as possible.

With only three or four expected to be retained from the current squad, Clark told The Gazette he has already swooped for fresh faces.

The manager revealed: “We have spoken to the agents of five or six players and offered deals.

“It’s hard to say how close they are because until they are done anything could happen. But we have five or six deals we are really pushing on with.”

Pool’s transfer policy last summer is seen as one of the key reasons for this disastrous Championship campaign.

Chairman Karl Oyston left signings until the last minute but Clark is taking a different approach – and he is not willing to let anyone keep Pool waiting.

He added: “Some players want to sit tight and wait for better offers.

“But don’t come to Blackpool as a last resort – I won’t allow that.

“If that’s the case, I will just move on to other targets.

“I won’t be hanging around waiting for players because I have four or five for every position.

“I’m trying very hard to get as many players in as possible for June 29 (when pre-season training begins). It’s going to be tough but I’ve done it before.

“I’m not expecting to have my full squad but I’m hoping to have at least three-quarters, then be able to add a few in July when the market hots up a bit.

“We may have to be patient with one or two.”

Pool have already extended the contracts of Andrea Orlandi and Jose Cubero for next season, with Charles Dunne, Henry Cameron, David Ferguson and Connor Oliver also signed up.

Pool hold options to prolong the contracts of Peter Clarke, Nathan Delfouneso and Elliot Parish, among others, and these players will all find out on Sunday whether they have a future at the club.

Pool end the season at home to Huddersfield the previous day, when all Championship matches kick-off at 12.15pm.

“The plan has always been to sit down with all the squad on Sunday, face to face,” explained Clark.

“It will be a big day for them and for the club. It will be the start of the new Blackpool FC.”