Pool offer former skipper deal

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Blackpool have offered a contract to former captain Peter Clarke, but the search for a goalkeeper goes on.

Boss Jose Riga endured yet another frustrating day in the transfer market with no sign of adding to his eight man squad ahead of the coming season.

While many offers are on the table to players, some players are preferring to waiting for a resolution to the current problems at Bloomfield Road and monitoring the long term future of the manager.

Riga skipped the beginning of training yesterday to spend more time working on potential transfer targets, without any real breakthrough as yet.

But Blackpool have offered terms to Clarke (pictured) who was at the stadium yesterday afternoon to talk over the possibility of a move.

The 32-year-old is well known to Blackpool’s fans – playing 100 times for theSeasiders in two spells between 2002-2006.

He was released from Huddersfield at the end of last season and is currently available on a free transfer.

One player who won’t be coming to Blackpool is Ben Alnwick.

The keeper has spent the past two weeks on trial and played in the 4-0 win against Penrith a week ago.

However, he turned his back on a contract offer by Pool in favour of a three-year deal at League One side Peterbrough United.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson said: ‘I am really pleased to get him. He has got vast experience, has played at the top level and there were a lot of clubs looking at him.

“He is a good goalkeeper, good size and is excellent with his feet, which is what I am looking for, someone who can play from the back.”

Meanwhile, Karl Oyston has as yet remained silent following claims made by Club President Valeri Belokon.

Yesterday the Gazette revealed details of a letter which was sent to the Pool chairman by Belokon demanding a change in the way the club is run.

While Oyston has promised to respond in full, as yet he’s not spoken on the matter and was again unavailable last night.