Pool swoop for midfield star

Hibernian's Isaiah Osbourne
Hibernian's Isaiah Osbourne

IAN Holloway is trying to land Hibs star Isaiah Osbourne.

The Gazette can confirm that reports linking the Seasiders with a move for the 24-year-old Hibernian man are true.

Holloway briefly managed Osbourne at Leicester, taking the player on loan from Aston Villa in 2008 - though the midfielder was recalled without playing a game due to an injury crisis at Villa Park.

Osbourne was released by Villa 12 months ago, joined Hibs and was a regular last season.

Holloway is a big fan of the player. Pool are understood to have tabled a bid in the region of £250,000 and are awaiting a response.

The club’s only signing of the summer so far is 18-year-old right back Jake Caprice, picked up on a free after being released by Crystal Palace.

Pool’s secretary Matt Williams, who is in daily contact with Holloway while the manager is in Portugal with the first team squad, says there is no need to fret about a lack of new faces.

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“There is a lot going on,” said the Pool secretary. “The gaffer, myself, the chairman, Steve Thompson and Keith Millen (Pool’s new academy boss) are forever getting agents ringing us offering players.

“We’ve been offered players that we’ve released - proof that although some agents do their research, some don’t.

“We run everything by Ian and his scouting teams and they then look further at each player.

“It takes time because we do a lot of due diligence on all these players, especially on their character.

“The manager has said that it is important we get the right player and the right person to come into this group, not only just to make us better as a squad of players, but to integrate with the group that we have off the field.

“We have a tight-knit bunch here and everyone works hard for the cause. It has got us to where we are and we don’t want to spoil that by being careless in the transfer market.”

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