Ferguson heads next batch of Pool targets

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Barry Ferguson is being lined-up as the high-profile replacement for the departed Charlie Adam at Bloomfield Road.

The former Scotland and Rangers captain is in talks with Ian Holloway as Pool step up their summer signing spree.

Veteran striker Kevin Phillips, Ferguson’s former Birmingham team-mate, became the Seasiders’ third summer signing over the weekend, while Pool are in talks with Newcastle hitman Nile Ranger.

The 20-year-old is available on loan from St James’ Park, while free agent Phillips has agreed a 12-month deal with the option of a second year.

However, Pool still need someone to boss the centre of the park following the loss of the hugely-talented Adam and his sidekick David Vaughan. Ferguson is top of the wanted list and negotiations with Birmingham are at an advanced stage.

The 33-year-old is available for the right price after the Blues, like Blackpool, were relegated from the top flight in May.

Ferguson moved to St Andrew’s from Rangers in 2009. He burst on to the scene at Ibrox in the late 1990s, making his debut aged 19 after coming through the youth ranks.

Hamilton-born Ferguson had a first taste of English football in 2003, when he moved to Blackburn for £7.5m.

20-year-old Ranger has long been viewed as the next big thing at Newcastle, and despite his tender age has made almost 50 first team appearances.

Ranger, who signed a new five-and-a-half year contract at St James’ Park before Christmas, would add much-needed firepower to the Seasiders’ attack, with DJ Campbell set to depart.

Pool have also been strongly linked with the Charlton defender Miguel Angel Llera and Leicester frontman Martyn Waghorn.