Blackpool linked with Rangers and QPR stars

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BLACKPOOL are in talks to bring Rangers striker John Fleck and QPR winger Jason Puncheon to Bloomfield Road.

Fleck, 20, who was dubbed the new Wayne Rooney when he burst on to the scene four years ago, is wanted on a loan deal for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Puncheon, due to return to Southampton this month after an unsuccessful first half of the campaign at QPR, will weigh up his options before deciding whether to return to the club where he did so well during a Premier League loan spell last season.

Ian Holloway has already made one breakthrough, bringing in Liverpool centre-back Danny Wilson until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old’s arrival is a clear warning to the Seasiders back four. ‘Lose form and you risk being axed’ is Holloway’s message, with Ian Evatt and Craig Cathcart knowing they need to perform to keep their places.

The manager said: “Danny is a very good defender, and one thing we need do to get where we want to be is to stop letting goals in.

“Have I got enough choices (at the back)? Probably not, so I am adding him.

“We couldn’t afford Danny in the first place. He was bought for a lot of money by Liverpool, but I am delighted to get him on loan and delighted Liverpool are entrusting me with him. It is fantastic for us.”

Wilson, who cost Liverpool £2m from Rangers in summer 2010, was still at Ibrox when Holloway first targeted him 18 months ago, shortly after he was voted the Scottish FA’s young player of the year.

Holloway tried again last summer but made it third-time lucky over the weekend.

Liverpool, aware they unsettled Blackpool’s season by recalling Jonjo Shelvey, were only too happy for Wilson to go to Bloomfield Road, though the Reds have insisted on a recall clause after the first 28 days.

Wilson goes straight into the squad for today’s home clash with Middlesbrough (kick-off 3pm) and is available for Saturday’s FA Cup test at Fleetwood Town.

Wilson’s arrival is also timely in that Evatt is on nine yellow cards, one away from a two-match suspension.