ROMAN Bednar will open discussions with Pool this week about a permanent deal.
The striker spent the second half of last season at Bloomfield Road after leaving West Brom.
His Pool contract expired after the Wembley play-off defeat to West Ham but the Seasiders have offered Bednar a 12-month deal, with the option of a further year.
The frontman has been mulling over his options but he and his agent are now ready to start talks.
Pool manager Ian Holloway is keen to sign the 29-year-old he believes can be the big, strong target man his team will require in a Championship which promises to be more physical than ever in 2012-13.
The manager wants to carry on playing a pleasing-to-the-eye passing game but feels his side need a bit of toughness in certain areas, particularly up front.
Bednar has bags of experience, can score goals, and – crucially for Holloway’s system to work – can hold the ball and lay it off.
Pool chairman Karl Oyston said: “We have made Roman an offer. Now we need to speak to his agent and see where we are.”