Striker set for Blackpool medical after fee agreed

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Blackpool are on the verge of completing a deal for Oldham striker Danny Philliskirk.

The 24-year-old was at Bloomfield Road yesterday for talks as the Seasiders finally agreed a fee with Latics almost a week after failing with their first bid.

It’s understood Pool raised their £75,000 offer which was revealed in The Gazette last week, in terms of the method of payment rather than the fee itself.

Philliskirk, who is Oldham’s top scorer this season so far with seven goals, will undergo a medical this morning while agreeing personal terms at Bloomfield Road.

The deal comes as a major boost for boss Neil McDonald, who has admitting he needs to improve every single area of his squad.

The Seasiders fell back into the League One relegation zone with two away defeats last week. They face Port Vale at Bloomfield Road on Saturday in a rearranged League One clash.

After seeing Elliot Lee and Dean Lyness leave his already depleted squad this week and knowing Jose Cubero is ready to head to Costa Rica, the Blackpool boss is desperately short on numbers.

And McDonald admits the recent displays make his search all the more urgent.

“Saturday shows I need players in all areas of the pitch,” he said.

“I’ve said that and I’ve been honest with the need to try and improve the whole team.

“We’ll continue to try and do that.”

Blackpool have sounded out a number of potential signings in recent weeks but have found things tough with negativity continuing to surround the club.

McDonald himself admitted recently he’s had players refuse to sign for the club due to perceptions in the football world.

He added: “We’ve made progress and the talks are open.

“We’ll see how things go this week. We are trying to recruit players.”

While Preston’s Andy Little extended his loan deal with the club this week, Pool remain desperately short of options in attack as well as short of quality in a number of areas.

Pool’s lack of joy so far is proving a real concern to the manager, although should the worst happen, he’s happy to carry on working hard.

“We have what we have,” he said.

“We are trying to bring players in and if we can then that’s great.

“If not then we’ll just have to work with what we’ve got.”