Deadline day frustration for Pool

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Jose Riga was left hugely frustrated after the transfer window closed last night with no new players through the door at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders failed to land any of the manager’s four transfer targets, including Huddersfield winger Danny Ward.

Pool tabled an offer for the 23-year-old yesterday which could have risen to as much as £400,000.

However, The Gazette understands Pool were unable to agree personal terms with Ward, who had been watched by boss Riga and was also the subject of a bid from Wolves.

Pool also made offers to a French club for a striker and held talks with a Belgian defender, though both deals fell through before the 11pm deadline.

The lack of new arrivals casts a serious doubt over the future of Riga, who stated last weekend that it would be “very, very difficult” to keep the current Pool squad in the Championship.

Neither Riga or chairman Karl Oyston were at Bloomfield Road at any point on deadline day.

Coach Noel Blake took training yesterday as Riga returned to Belgium to spend time with his family. The manager is not expected to return to the Fylde coast until the weekend.

No players left Bloomfield Road either yesterday, though Pool did turn down a cash offer for Steven Davies from League One side Sheffield United. It’s understood the Blades bid tabled a six-figure offer for the striker.

Former Pool favourite Angel Martinez is today set to link up with Ian Holloway at Millwall.

The 28-year-old midfielder turned down the offer of a new contract at Bloomfield Road and will sign for Holloway’s Lions this afternoon.