Grayson casts net worldwide for signings

HALF a dozen triallists from overseas will be out to impress Seasiders boss Simon Grayson today.

The Pool side to play a Bolton Wanderers XI in Chorley will include a 2006 World Cup star.

Eric Akoto, 27, caught the eye for Togo in Germany last summer. He has 32 caps and has scored one World Cup goal.

Akoto has played league football in Austria and Germany but is looking for a new club after being released by Slovenian side Interblock Ljubljana.

Described as an athletic defender, he wants to play in England and has been recommended to the Seasiders by the club's overseas scouting network.

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Pool have six other foreign trialists out to impress today.

Andrezj Butriks is a 25-year-old striker who faced Blackpool in the summer, when he played for Ventspils against the Seasiders in a pre-season friendly.

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Fellow Latvian Andrejs Stolcers, 33, who cost Fulham 2m in 2000, also starts - as does Cedric Rousell, a Belgian international striker who has played for Coventry and Wolves and has also commanded transfer fees of 1m-plus.

"There is no harm in looking at players," said Seasiders boss Simon Grayson, who will watch the contest at Wanderers training ground near Chorley today.

Meanwhile, the Seasiders have not ruled out another bid for the Dundee United striker Noel Hunt, having had a 175,000 offer rejected yesterday, and manager Simon Grayson insists that the addition of at least one new striker to his ranks does not necessarily mean Keigan Parker will be leaving the club before the month is out.