Fuller in talks over Pool move

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Ricardo Fuller could become Blackpool’s seventh summer signing today.

The former Stoke, Preston, Portsmouth and Southampton striker was at Bloomfield Road yesterday to discuss terms for a one-year deal.

After six seasons with Stoke, four of them in the Premier League, the 33-year-old spent last season in the Championship with Charlton Athletic.

It’s believed he trained with the Blackpool squad yesterday morning before holding talks last night, a medical has already been completed.

Fuller, who scored five goals in 31 games for Charlton last season, has won 77 caps for Jamaica.

Blackpool boss Paul Ince is desperate to boost his hugely depleted squad after injuries and suspensions left them chronically short against Barnsley last Saturday.

Ince failed in his attempts to sign Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews, though a potential loan deal for his team-mate Tyrone Mears remains on the table.

Ince said: “We know we are short of numbers and you really saw that on Saturday.

“We are trying to get players in. The phone hasn’t stopped and won’t do until we can get a squad in place.”

South African Daylon Claason featured in a young Pool side which lost 6-2 in a behind- closed-doors game against Preston yesterday.

The midfielder is training with the Seasiders in an attempt to earn a contract, while Pool look into the possibilities of getting him a work permit.

Blackpool’s team again included several triallists, highlighting their lack of depth.

One of them scored, while Tom Barkhuizen was also on target for Pool.