BLACKPOOL are trying to add to their squad ahead of tonight’s 5pm loan transfer deadline.
It’s the last chance the Seasiders will have to sign players between now and the end of the season.
Boss Paul Ince spent yesterday afternoon with Karl Oyston and secretary Matt Williams looking at lists of potential targets as they attempt to drag themselves away from the Championship’s relegation zone.
While Pool are expected to make a few enquiries today, The Gazette understands Ince is in no rush to sign players and will only bring in people who would go straight into his starting line-up.
When asked about potential deals, Ince said: “We are trying.
“Myself and the chairman are trying to bring players in, but it’s not easy.
“The players we want to bring in have to improve our squad.
“That means they have to be very good players, and clubs aren’t going to be willing to let very good players leave.
“I’ve spoken to a few Premier League clubs, about players who aren’t in their 25 man squad, and the majority aren’t good enough for us.
“If they were they’d be in that club’s 25-man squad. We are always looking for someone who can lift us.”
One player on Pool’s radar was Burnley midfielder Chris McCann.
The Irish star is out of contract in the summer and Blackpool offered a fee for the 25-year-old with a view to a long-term deal in the summer.
However, after talks with boss Sean Dyche this morning, it was agreed he would stay at Turf Moor.
High on Ince’s list is someone who can add goals to his squad. The Seasiders have tightened up their defence in recent weeks, but have found scoring difficult.
The situation hasn’t been helped by injury to Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who will miss at least another couple of weeks with a hamstring injury.
Ince added: “We are short of goals, we know that. Whether it’s a striker or a midfield player, we are looking to see if we can add to our squad.”
Pool lie 17th in the league, only four points off the relegation zone.
They lost at home to Peterborough almost two weeks ago, and had last weekend off due to the international break.
And Ince feels the rest has done everyone good.
“It’s been a chance to get everyone refreshed,” he said.
“It’s been great for everyone it’s been a good week.
“It gave us a week to get back on the training ground and work on a few things.”
Pool play tomorrow against Blackburn, before welcoming Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace to Bloomfield Road on Monday.
And Ince feels it’s time Pool got some points on the board.
He said: “The teams below us have been winning games you don’t think they’d win.
“But we have to keep up with the Jones’ and start winning ourselves.
“It’s all about us, the teams below us would rather be where we are.
“We have two tough games coming up, if we can get four or six points then that would be great.”