Forest striker joins Seasiders on loan

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MATT Derbyshire has joined Blackpool on a season-long loan.

The Nottingham Forest striker has agreed a loan deal for the rest of the season, and 26-year-old trained with Pool today.

Caretaker boss Steve Thompson has been desperate to add firepower to his squad since the return of loan duo Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas to their parent clubs.

Derbyshire was plucked from non-league side Great Harwood by Blackburn Rovers back in 2002, making 63 league appearances in seven years before joining Greek side Olympiakos.

After returning to these shores on loan with Birmingham, he signed for Nottingham Forest at the start of last season.

With first team opportunities at the City Ground limited, he has scored four goals in 19 games on loan at Oldham this season.

Derbyshire is expected to go straight into Pool’s squad for tomorrow’s trip to Wolves.

Thompson is carrying on as normal in his caretaker role at Bloomfield Road.

And that includes overseeing transfer activity. He said: “Even on my day off my phone hasn’t stopped.

“I’ve been ringing agents and working hard trying to get players in,” added Thompson

“It will probably be a mad rush again at the end of the transfer window (next Thursday) as players and clubs go mad.

“We are the same. Phone calls are going in and we are looking at bringing the right sort of player to Blackpool. We need strikers.”

Blackpool will recall Stephen Crainey, Alex Baptiste and Neal Eardley to their squad tomorrow after a virus forced the trio to miss Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Cardiff.

Pool have since been hit by another blow, with centre-half Ian Evatt out for the rest of the season, but Thompson thinks his squad is in much better shape than a week ago.

He added: “It was well documented that we lost three of the back four with the virus last weekend. Since then, Isaiah Osbourne came down with it, as did Scott Robertson and Barry Ferguson. Hopefully we’ve seen the back of it all now.”

However, Bob Harris has added to Pool’s injury list and looks set to be out for at least a month.

The left-back broke his toe during the first half of last weekend’s clash with Cardiff.

He played through the pain during the second half but a scan this week has revealed the extend of the damage.

The injury is badly timed for the 25-year-old, who has done well in recent weeks and featured in the FA Cup draw at Fulham.