Danny deal put on hold

BLACKPOOL’S quest to sign giant central defender Danny Shittu could drag on well into the summer.

The Seasiders are still tracking the Charlton Athletic giant, but manager Steve McMahon said: “Nothing will happen – whether he is coming to the club or not – for another for four or five, maybe six weeks.”

Negotiations have been continuing between the Seasiders and Charlton, who could be ready to part with the player who made such an impression at Bloomfield Road during his short spell there that he caught the attention of scouts for the Nigerian international team.

Shittu enjoyed his time at Blackpool, a feeling that was shared by the supporters who warmed to his towering presence at the heart of the defence.

Shittu said: “I don’t really know what the position is – all I know is that there a lot of talks going on.

“It’s really down to Charlton, but everybody has been on holiday recently.

“I had an unbelievable time at Blackpool – it was a dream loan move for me.

“I won the Division Three player of the month, I went with the team to Cardiff for the play-offs – I enjoyed every bit of it, but I can’t say anything about what may happen.”

Meantime, the Seasiders have denied making a move for Burnley’s out-of-favour goalkeeper Paul Crichton.

He has picked up plenty of experience at Turf Moor, but found himself playing second fiddle to Nick Michopoulos for the bulk of the season.

Prior to last season, he had been an ever-present in the Burnley first team, playing an important part in Burnley’s promotion campaign.

Blackpool have poured cold water on reports, linking him with a switch to Bloomfield Road. and also on stories that Chesterfield and former Preston striker David Reeves could be on his way to Bloomfield Road.

Former Blackpool manager Sam Allardyce, who has taken Bolton to the Premiership, will reject any overtures to take over at West Ham.

Allardyce said: “I’m flattered that West Ham should consider me and I take it as a compliment, I want to go on with Bolton and build a long term structure for the club.”