Pool looking to add ahead of today’s deadline.

Kevin Foley on loan at Blackpool last season
Kevin Foley on loan at Blackpool last season
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Tomasz Cywka is the latest player to head out of Bloomfield Road as Lee Clark looks to rebuild his squad, starting with a right-back.

Pool are racing the clock to add new faces ahead of today’s 5pm loan deadline and are also looking to move a couple more players out after the Polish midfielder joined Rochdale until January 3.

Clark told The Gazette this week players had to leave in order to finance more arrivals. But after Cywka followed Francois Zoko (Bradford) to a new club and the injured Brian Lenihan returned to Hull, there are funds in the player budget for more recruits.

It’s understood Pool are in talks with a number of clubs in the hope of signing at least one more player by this evening, with Kevin Foley likely to return on a short term loan from Wolves after a spell with the club last season.

Crystal Palace midfielder Stuart O’Keefe is also believed to be on Clark’s radar, he’s struggled for regular first team football but played 12 times in the Premier League last season.

Cywka knows Rochdale boss Keith Hill from their time at Barnsley, where the 26-year-old spent two seasons before joining Pool in the summer.

He has played seven times for the Seasiders, scoring against Blackburn, but has not featured for over two months.

Clark said: “We have some other targets I’d like to bring into the club. Hopefully we can get something done before the deadline as we are always looking to improve the squad. We have a couple of things in the pipeline.”

Clark is pleased with his rebuilding work so far but added: “It’s another pre-season we’ve had to do in the middle of the season, which isn’t ideal but we’ve had to do it to give us a chance to stay in this division.

“We couldn’t carry on the way we were. We needed to improve. I think we are slowly getting there.”