Blackpool inquire about more than 15 transfer targets

Karl Oyston could well have a busy deadline day
Karl Oyston could well have a busy deadline day
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IAN Holloway and Karl Oyston are encountering a major problem in their fight to strengthen the Blackpool squad before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline – rival clubs demanding huge fees.

Pool manager Holloway and chairman Oyston made inquiries about more than 15 players yesterday and worked long into the night. The hunt continues today.

He says the fees are rising because Pool have money in the bank following their Premier League season.

It means that Holloway, who wants to add a big, physical striker and an attacking midfielder to his squad before the cut-off point, is facing major difficulties in getting deals done.

All the bids made by the Seasiders so far have been rejected, though they are hoping for better luck today.

Holloway admitted: “No-one sees us in the same light now. They see us with loads more money in the bank and the price gets inflated.

“The minute we went up it was ‘ch-ching’. Clubs put a couple of noughts on their players when we call.

“That’s not just transfer fees but players’ wages as well because the agents get carried away.

“We are doing the same things and trying to run the club in the same way we always have, but others don’t see that and treat us differently. I can’t control that and it is frustrating.

“The chairman is losing his rag over it and he is probably right to.

“On top of that, we are having a problem because players see us a team that won’t go back up to the Premier League. They see a team that has lost its best players and that makes it difficult.

“So there’s so much that can happen to destroy a transfer but that’s life and we have to deal with it.”