Frustrating deadline day for Clark ends with nothing

Ishmael Miller takes a break against Sheffield Wednesday
Ishmael Miller takes a break against Sheffield Wednesday
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Blackpool manager Lee Clark spent yesterday chasing transfer targets but managed to get no new faces through the door by the 11pm cut-off point, other than extending a deal for Tom Aldred.

In the end it was a day of departures as Pool cut their wage bill, with both Ishmael Miller and Gary MacKenzie leaving the club.

Pool made a number of bids, including two for Carlisle midfielder Brad Potts.

It’s understood the Seasiders offered £150,000 for the highly-rated 20-year-old only to see it rejected by his club.

Clark is also believed to have moved for two other League Two players and a Championship striker on loan but saw all these deals fall at the final hurdle.

Striker Miller has signed a contract with Championship rivals Huddersfield for the rest of the season after scoring just two goals in 24 appearances for Pool.

The Gazette understands the 27-year-old was on the verge of triggering a clause which would have seen his contract renewed for next season.

MacKenzie has joined Francois Zoko at Bradford on loan until the end of the season.

Defender MacKenzie has not played since April last year because of injury and looks unlikely to return to Pool, with his contract up in the summer.

One positive piece of news for Pool fans was the club turning down Brighton’s bid of around £70,000 for young midfielder Mark Waddington.

The 18-year-old was Pool’s man of the match in the FA Cup at Aston Villa last month and returned to the squad last weekend, though he is yet to sign a professional contract at Bloomfield Road.

The Seagulls have made two offers for Waddington, with Pool chairman Karl Oyston rejecting both.