Pool step-up Caddis quest

Swindon's Paul Caddis

Swindon's Paul Caddis

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Blackpool have tabled a second bid for Swindon full-back Paul Caddis.

Manager Paul Ince says Pool need nine new players ahead of the Championship kick-off in just 18 days.

Having seen several players turn down the opportunity to join the Seasiders, they have now turned their attentions to former Scotland U21 right-back Caddis.

Pool saw a bid, reported to be around £120,000, rejected over the weekend but have returned with an offer believed to be considerably higher.

Caddis spent last season on loan at Birmingham City, appearing in both their 1-1 draws with the Seasiders.

The Blues are also chasing the versatile 25-year-old, who can play on either flank.

Caddis, who joined Swindon from Celtic three years ago, admits he has no idea where his future lies.

He said: “Honestly I don’t have a clue. As far as I am aware I am still contracted. I am aware there was a bid put in and it was rejected.”

Gary MacKenzie is Blackpool’s only new signing so far this summer and Ince admitted: “It’s going really slow.

“We are looking around for players but there’s not much about.

“The chairman is talking to chairmen and agents all the time but we are aware we need players in.

“We probably need four strikers. We haven’t got any. We are deadly short.”

Pool kick off their season at Doncaster Rovers on August 3 and Ince knows how difficult it will be to blend any new players into the squad in such a short space of time.

He said: “It’s not just about getting them in, it’s about moulding them to the side.

“I’m trying as hard as I can. The chairman is trying, we all are.

“We are still nine players short. It’s not great preparation.

“We have to integrate nine into the squad and it’s going to take time.

“But I just have to work with what I’ve got.”