Doubts over Dobbie deal

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Brendan Rodgers move to Liverpool and a high price tag looks likely to scupper Blackpool’s bid to sign Stephen Dobbie.

The Seasiders have made contact with Swansea about bringing the striker to Bloomfield Road on a permanent basis.

The Swans were prepared to sell but it is understood the fee quoted was in excess of £1m.

Pool will baulk at that – they value Dobbie more in the £500,000 to £750,000 region.

On top of that, it was Rodgers who was prepared to offload Dobbie.

But he departed the Liberty Stadium last week to take over from Kenny Dalglish at Anfield.

That means the Welsh club are looking for a successor, and whoever comes in will want time to assess his squad – including Dobbie – before sanctioning any sales.

“There is a definite feeling that Dobbie might not be allowed to go any more,” said a source at Swansea.

“While Rodgers was in charge, there is no doubt Dobbie would have been allowed to leave this summer.

“He hardly figured at all last season and so he clearly wasn’t in the manager’s plans.

“But now Rodgers has gone, a new man will want time to look at the whole squad and make his own decisions about who to keep and who to get rid of.

“So Blackpool or anyone else interested in Dobbie – like Birmingham – will probably have to change their plans and look elsewhere.”

Dobbie has had two successful loan spells at Bloomfield Road.

In his first stay, during the 2009-10 campaign, he helped Pool go up to the Premier League.

He returned to Swansea and did the same there – playing an important role in promotion, including scoring in the play-off final as Rodgers’ team made it to the top flight.

But Dobbie hardly featured once the Swans had gone up, which is why he returned to Blackpool on loan this season.

He smashed six goals in eight starts – arguably making a bigger impression than in his first spell – though he couldn’t make it a third successive promotion when Pool lost at Wembley to West Ham.

There is no doubt Pool would like to add Dobbie to their squad, but a combination of price and a change of manager looks likely to thwart them.

Swansea, meanwhile, are continuing their hunt for Rodgers’ successor, which means Seasiders fans can’t relax just yet.

Ian Holloway continues to be linked with the vacant post, and some reports in Swansea have suggested the Pool boss has spoken informally with the club and its chairman Huw Jenkins.