Blackpool’s desperate search for signings

Michael Smith has been linked with Pool
Michael Smith has been linked with Pool
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Neil McDonald says he is “spinning plates” in his search for players and hopes to sign a couple ahead of Blackpool’s trip to Sheffield United tomorrow.

The Seasiders are trying desperately to add to their squad and claim to have upped their search since chairman Karl Oyston returned on Wednesday after his six-week FA ban.

Manager McDonald has found it tough to persuade players to come to Bloomfield Road but is hopeful of good news ahead of the daunting visit to Bramall Lane.

“We have three or four plates spinning. It does take time to recruit players,” said the Pool boss. “In just over two months we’ve got 11 players through the door and I think we’ve done well with that.

“But we need more help, and if we can bring a couple in by Saturday, then great; if not, we should have some new faces by the middle of next week.

“We are working behind the scenes day to day. We’ve all worked very hard.”

One player who has been linked with Pool is Swindon striker Michael Smith.

It’s understood the 23-year-old is on McDonald’s wish-list and was left out of the Robins’ first two games after being linked with Barnsley.

Smith, who returned for Tuesday’s League One draw with Port Vale, fired 18 goals for Swindon last season as they reached the play-off final. It is believed he wants to move closer to his native Tyneside.

McDonald has revealed that negative headlines have made recruitment tough after a year of off-field dramas and PR disasters at Pool.

He added: “We’ve had a couple of experienced players have turned us down. They fancied somewhere else, so we have to find the balance.

“There are things happening at the club all the time, there’s no doubt about that.

“But I’ve just tried to concentrate on the team and set them up to give themselves a chance to win some points. We haven’t done that yet but we’ve shown plenty of promise.”