Blackpool close-in on Bednar deal

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ROMAN Bednar is poised to join Wigan’s Nouha Dicko at Bloomfield Road.

While 19-year-old French striker Dicko yesterday checked in, Bednar spent the afternoon in talks at Blackpool with a view to joining Ian Holloway’s promotion-chasing squad.

The highly-rated 28-year-old, the kind of powerful yet mobile striker Holloway has been searching for, is out of contract at West Brom at the end of the season.

If the transfer goes through, it would see Pool taking over the player’s contract, with a view to extending the deal at the end of the campaign.

After what was a busy day at the club, it looks as if Holloway will go into today’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday with plenty to celebrate – a relief after being thwarted in his efforts to add new blood for the lion’s share of the week.

He missed out on Crawley hotshot Tyrone Barnett and Margate goal machine Kwasi Appiah, a blow as he had been desperate to shake up his front-line – especially with Lomana LuaLua having a hamstring problem.

But he has now made some progress.

“We are hoping the Bednar deal goes through,” Holloway said.

“He is a centre-forward who has a proven track record at a higher level, and I want to get him going again.

“All the ones we tried to buy we exhausted for all sorts of reasons, prices and wages.

“At the end of the day, Roman has as good if not better record than all of them anyway, so let’s see if we can get him going again.

“It is all about the run-in now, and I want positivity. I want people who want to be here, and Roman has convinced me that is what he wants.

“I tried for him in the summer, he didn’t want to do it then, but now he is up for it.

“He is about two or three weeks off fitness but I’d rather have him and work with him and see how we go.”

Czech Republic frontman Bednar hit the headlines for his goalscoring in the SPL at Hearts, whom he joined in 2005. He went to West Brom three years later for £2.3m, and has since scored 17 goals in 34 league starts.

Dicko could go straight into Pool’s starting line up today.

The teenager, signed by Wigan from Strasbourg at the start of the season, follows in the footsteps of Callum McManaman, who left Latics to join the Seasiders on loan.

Dicko will stay for the remainder of the campaign, and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes the youngster will benefit from his seaside stay.

Martinez said: “It’s good news to have youngsters from the club going into the second half of the season paying competitive football and progressing from reserve level.”