Seasiders prepare to smash transfer record

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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KARL Oyston has confirmed that the Seasiders are closing in more signings, with Kevin Phillips set to follow Bojan Djordjic and Matt Hill through the entrance door at Bloomfield Road.

And The Gazette understands that the club could be poised to smash its £1.25m transfer record.

The Seasiders chairman said: “There are two or three more that are very close and we’ve had offers accepted on another couple. So we’re more or less where we want to be.

“I’d have liked to do things sooner so that the players could have headed off to Portugal with the rest of the squad.

“Things take time. Not only have you got to agree terms with the player, there’s the agent and the other club.

“It’s difficult being in the Championship as the market is small.

“Everyone thinks we’ve got money available to us, so that’s another problem to overcome.”

The chairman confirmed that other possible new arrivals include the former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson and Liverpool prospects Tom Ince and Gerardo Bruna.

As for Ferguson deal, Oyston said: “We’re waiting for one or two calls back on that one.

Personal terms must be agreed before the Liverpool teenagers put pen to paper but Oyston added: “They are two that should figure and be part of the future.

“It’s good to have two players coming the other way. It’s not a replacement of course,” he added, referring to Charlie Adam’s move to Liverpool.

Oyston is also sorry to lose David Vaughan and sounds resigned to losing DJ Campbell (see back page).

The chairman said: “Sometimes you have got to take a step back to move forward. A few players have gone who we didn’t want to go.

“Charlie going to Liverpool was probably the worst-kept secret in football.

“We wish him all the best. He’s done terrifically well since he came down from Rangers.

“I think he’ll definitely flourish at Liverpool surrounded by all those good players.

“David Vaughan was probably our best player. He’s gone to Sunderland and I’m sure he’ll do very, very well for them.

“I’d imagine DJ Campbell will certainly sort out his future somewhere else in the next week or two.

“They’ve done enough to earn the opportunity to go and play in the Premier League and stay there. That’s testament to how good they are.”