Pool enquire about former striker

Portsmouth's Luke Varney
Portsmouth's Luke Varney
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POOL have made an inquiry about bringing back Luke Varney ahead of tomorrow’s loan deadline.

The striker, who played a huge role in the Seasiders Premier League campaign, is at crisis club Portsmouth, who are actively looking to cut their wage bill.

Speaking ahead of tonight’s Championship clash at home to Leicester, manager Ian Holloway said: “We’ve obviously had Varney before, but that (bringing him back) might mean Tom Ince or Matt Phillips having to be left out and do I want to do that yet? Probably not ... who knows?

“We couldn’t afford (Varney) in the first place. Portsmouth paid him a lot more money, so he went there and now they can’t afford to pay him either. How fair is that? It is mad.

“But I feel for supporters of that club because what has happened isn’t their fault.”

Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey remains the main transfer target, with Varney a possible alternative option.

But Holloway added: “If nothing happens, though, I won’t be concerned at all because I’m delighted with the group I’ve got.

The Seasiders are likely to allow one or two out on loan, with fringe players Gerardo Bruna and Daniel Bogdanovic candidates for a move.