Dobbie chase heating up

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IAN Holloway is to renew his interest in Stephen Dobbie after missing out on Emile Heskey.

The Pool boss wanted the ex-England international to solve his striker problems.

But after making contact with the 34-year-old, Heskey – a free agent after being released by Aston Villa – has made it clear he won’t be coming to Bloomfield Road.

One deal far from dead is the move for Dobbie.

Ever since the Wembley play-off defeat to West Ham – when Dobbie returned to Swansea at the end of his Blackpool loan stay – the Seasiders have been trying to get him back.

The sticking point was initially the fee – Swansea demanding £1.1m for a player who turns 30 later this year and is entering the final 12 months of his contract at the Liberty Stadium.

A change of manager – Michael Laudrup replacing Brendan Rodgers during the summer – has muddied the waters even further.

Pool travel to Swansea for their final pre-season workout today and Holloway plans to speak face-to-face with Laudrup about the possibility of Dobbie returning.

“I don’t know whether we can get him back. We are playing Swansea and I might be able to talk to their manager while I am down there,” said the boss.

“But I am not that hopeful because he went and banged that hat-trick in the other week (in a friendly victory over Port Talbot in Laudrup’s first game in charge).

“That won’t help my cause but it might help his.

“All I’ve ever guaranteed (Stephen) is that I’ll try to make him pickable for everyone else and I just love him.

“I wish I could go and wrap him up and bring him with me now but life isn’t that easy, it doesn’t work that way. And that isn’t my chairman’s fault, it’s just life – he belongs to Swansea.”

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Holloway admits bringing in a striker is the top of his priority list.

At the moment Kevin Phillips and youngsters Louis Almond and Tom Barkhuizen are the only recognised centre forwards he has.

An early summer move for Roman Bednar didn’t bear fruit, which means the manager is keen to get a frontman in before the campaign kicks off in a fortnight’s time.

“If you look at the strikers we’ve had, whether we’ve borrowed them or had them permanently, I think that has been the secret to the way we play,” added the boss.

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