POOL’S quest to sign Paul Anderson from Nottingham Forest looks to have fallen through.
The Seasiders offered the winger a two-year deal with a further 12-month option.
Anderson, 23, asked for time to think about the switch to Forest’s Championship rivals.
But a fortnight on he is still stalling and it appears he will decide against moving to Bloomfield Road.
It looks like being an early summer setback for Ian Holloway, who was keen on Anderson and met with the player to discuss plans for the season.
But the manager has a list of other targets and won’t be unduly worried should the Anderson deal not come off.
He and chairman Karl Oyston have talked at length about targets and are confident they can land the majority of Holloway’s main targets.
Oyston is particularly relaxed about the coming months because he feels the club has never been in such a strong position.
As well as having a healthy bank balance, Pool also have the bulk of their squad already in place.
Of the 11 who started at Wembley, only Stephen Dobbie isn’t signed up for next season. Throw into the mix Craig Cathcart, Keith Southern, Ludovic Sylvestre, Bob Harris and Chris Basham – not to mention the returning Elliot Grandin – and it is clear Holloway has a strong squad before he has even made a single signing.
Oyston says that settled squad makes it easier to focus on bringing exactly the right players to the club.
The chairman said: “It’s a case of making sure we get one or two of the players we are really after and really need in certain positions.
“There are two or three players Ian is particularly keen on, so we’ll see where we get to. But we are in a very good position.
“This is the first time during my time here that we haven’t had more than one player out of contract who we wanted to retain. The squad is in a more secure position than last season. It’s been a fantastic summer in that respect because we know who we’re going to get back for pre-season.
“That gives us a bit more time to focus on those players we want to add to the squad.
“Both myself and Ian think we need five or six who will affect the squad – some of the ones we took last summer probably didn’t affect the squad at all.”