Neil McDonald has made an early start in the January sales by tabling an offer for Oldham striker Danny Philliskirk.
The 24-year-old was due to play against Blackpool for Oldham on Boxing Day only for torrential rain on the Fylde coast to force the game to be postponed.
The Gazette understands that Pool made a bid of around £75,000 for the striker late last week, after seeing him fire seven goals this season for their fellow League One strugglers.
While the amount offered is not far short of the Latics’ valuation for Philliskirk, it is understood that the bid was rejected because of Pool’s request to pay the fee in instalments.
However, the Seasiders could be tempted into a second bid after today’s trip to Barnsley as manager McDonald looks to strengthen his improving squad.
Philliskirk, son of former Bolton and Burnley striker Tony, came through the ranks at Chelsea before struggling to establish himself at Sheffield United and Coventry.
But after joining Oldham in August 2013, the Sunderland-born forward quickly established himself as a first-team regular.
He scored Latics’ winner against Fleetwood Town at the start of this season and has caught the eye of Pool boss McDonald.
Blackpool will be busy in the transfer market in the coming days, with loan deals for Dean Lyness, Hayden White, Will Aimson, Elliot Lee and Andy Little all set to expire following the trip to Burton on Saturday.
McDonald revealed he is working hard to extend some of the deals and hopes to sign some of the players concerned on a permanent basis.
He said: “We’re looking to extend if we can, if we feel they can contribute. The ones in the team at the moment certainly are doing.
“We’re in touch with the clubs already and we’re working behind the scenes to try to strengthen the squad by signing players.
“If we need to use an extension on the loans, then we’ll certainly do that.”