Pool will wait for DJ

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BLACKPOOL have confirmed they are in talks about a deal to bring DJ Campbell back to Bloomfield Road ... but it probably won’t happen for a couple of weeks.

The Gazette understands national newspaper reports suggesting the striker could be signed in time for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley are off-target.

Pool have spent almost a month in negotiations with Campbell’s parent club Queens Park Rangers and looked close to a permanent deal ahead of last month’s transfer deadline.

But although a loan deal has almost been agreed, Pool want to wait before securing the 30-year-old’s signature. An out-of-window loan transfer can run for a maximum of 93 days, which would see the striker heading back south in mid-December if it was finalised now.

The Seasiders would prefer to hold fire and secure Campbell’s services for the busy Christmas period.

Ian Holloway has made no secret of his admiration for the striker and is anxious to add him to the squad.

And after Campbell was left out of QPR’s 25-man Premier League squad, he looks certain to leave for a spell in the Championship.

While he won’t be drawn on possible destinations, Campbell has hinted he is ready for a move. He said: “I’m looking at all the possibilities before I decide what’s best for me. My focus has been on getting fit and making sure I’m ready to play this season.

“Last year I missed a lot of the season through injury and I don’t want that to happen again, so I’ve worked really hard to get in the best shape I can be.”