Diouf trains with Pool as Riga looks for experience

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Blackpool could turn to El Hadji Diouf as Jose Riga looks to add experience to his squad.

Diouf has been training with the Seasiders this week in an attempt to earn a contract after being released by Leeds at the end of last season.

The 33-year-old may have been a controversial figure throughout his career but he is exactly the type of player Riga is looking for.

“This squad needs players of experience,” the Blackpool boss told The Gazette. “We need players of quality. I’m still looking for my spine and for players with strong minds.

“When everyone is fit we’ll be a much better side, but we also need experience.”

Diouf has become a familiar face in English football since joining Liverpool in 2002, having caught the eye for Senegal in that year’s World Cup.

He has played for five other clubs since and is a free agent after making just seven appearances for Leeds last season, his last goal coming against Brighton 16 months ago.

Pool would have to register the forward by noon today if he is to be involved in tomorrow’s match at Wigan.

Riga has other targets as he bids to add at least four more players ahead of the transfer deadline on Monday week.

The manager said: “I know what I need and at this moment I don’t have it.

“I’m just trying hard to find solutions but the more you wait the more difficult it is.

“But I’m not giving up. I’ll keep going to find what we can.

“I had ideas of what I wanted but they didn’t come.

“The international break (after Pool visit Millwall a week tomorrow) can’t come soon enough but I’m hoping we can get some more players in.”