Striker back on Blackpool’s radar

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BLACKPOOL want Nouha Dicko back on a season-long loan – but it won’t happen if Victor Moses heads to Chelsea.

The Seasiders have confirmed they plan to make contact with Latics manager Roberto Martinez when he returns from Euro 2012, where he is working as a pundit for ITV.

A senior source at Bloomfield Road said: “Nouha is definitely on our radar.

“He got better and better during his loan spell and the manager Ian Holloway is a big fan.

“We will make inquiries and see whether a deal can be done, but there is still much to sort out before anything happens.”

Holloway was seriously impressed with the teenager’s contribution at the business end of last season.

After a slow start to his loan spell – understandable as the 19-year-old hadn’t played a senior game in England, joining Wigan from Strasbourg last summer – Dicko found his feet at Blackpool, scoring four goals in as many starts.

His form prompted Holloway to remark: “The lad has so much pace and he knows where the net is too.

“He clearly has a massive future in the game. I just wish he was our player and not Wigan’s, but unfortunately that’s the way it goes.”

Pool’s chances of having Dicko in their squad for next year’s crack at promotion to the Premier League depends on what happens at the DW Stadium over the coming weeks.

Chelsea have made an opening £4m bid for Wigan winger Victor Moses, one of the players ahead of Dicko in the Latics pecking order.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan was fuming about the bid and claims Moses should ignore it and sign a new contract with Wigan.

In his usual no-holds-barred style, Whelan said: “We took this lad as a teenager, and everything he has he owes to Roberto Martinez and Wigan Athletic.

“Roberto has coached him, he’s helped him through games, he’s looked after him in every single day in training, making sure he does the right things.

“He’s had nothing but that from Roberto over the years, and how the lad can even consider not signing an extension after what we’ve done for him, just frustrates you.”