Steven Davies is on the verge of a move to Sheffield United after requesting to leave Bloomfield Road.
The striker was pulled out of the Blackpool side that lost 1-0 at Birmingham last night after asking manager Lee Clark for permission to speak to the League One club.
It’s the third time Nigel Clough’s side have made a move for the 27-year-old, who has struggled during his two seasons at Bloomfield Road.
Clark stopped short of naming the Blades, who face Fleetwood Town on Saturday, when he explained Davies’ absence last night.
The Pool boss said: “I spoke to Steven on Tuesday and he asked if he could speak to another club.
“He wants to go and speak to them, although we haven’t struck a deal yet with that club.”
Davies has managed eight goals in 44 appearances since joining Pool for £500,000 from Bristol City in summer 2013.
The Liverpudlian will be out of contract at the end of the season, though it is believed Sheffield United will offer a small fee to take Davies on loan until the summer. And Clark suggested he won’t stand in the way of a player who wants to leave.
He added: “When I first got here, Steven was out of the team and had been injured.
“We got him going and he scored some goals, but during the last couple of weeks he didn’t look like he was enjoying his football.
“It’s not just about being a manager – it’s about treating them as people too.
“I don’t want any of my players to be unhappy and Steven felt he would like to pursue something different, but at the moment there’s no deal agreed.”