Pool confident of new faces ahead of Millwall

Blackpool manager Lee Clark
Blackpool manager Lee Clark
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Blackpool remain hopeful of adding new faces to their squad before Saturday’s home game with Millwall, though there is talk of another senior player possibly leaving.

Manager Lee Clark is believed to have identified a number of players he’d like to sign during this month’s transfer window, and talks are ongoing between players and Pool chairman Karl Oyston.

Clark said this week he was “very confident” of having at least three new players on board for the Millwall game, having lost eight in the past week after their loan deals or short-term contracts ended.

While talks with midfielder Jamie O’Hara are continuing, defender Darren O’Dea is believed to be close to signing a deal which would see him remain at the club until the end of the season.

The Gazette understands Pool are close to at least a couple of deals which would see faces arrive in time for Saturday’s game against Millwall.

The manager is fully focused on incoming players but reports around Greater Manchester suggest that Wigan are lining up a swoop for Ishmael Miller, whose Pool contract is up in the summer.

It’s unlikely Clark would want to lose the striker, though he is a big earner at the club and his departure could be seen as a chance to free up funds. The 27-year-old has fired just two goals in 23 appearances this season.

Clark has been in constant communication with chairman Oyston this week about signings, but will be getting nervous as permanent deals must be completed by noon tomorrow if the players concerned are to feature on Saturday.