ELLIOT Grandin is officially a Blackpool player again after Nice missed the deadline to make his loan move permanent
The French club had to pay a £700,000 fee to keep Grandin.
But the final date for them to hand over the money has passed, which means Grandin – a popular figure with Pool supporters and manager Ian Holloway – will be expected to report back for pre-season training at Squires Gate at the end of next month.
Grandin, who is under contract at Bloomfield Road for another year, made nine appearances for Nice after signing on loan in January.
The 24-year-old had been a regular in the Seasiders’ starting 11 but wanted to return to his native France for family reasons.
However, it remains to be seen whether he will still be at Pool at the start of next season. He would rather join another French club than return to England. However, if no-one is willing to match the Seasiders’ valuation, Grandin will have to come back.
Roman Bednar has emerged as one of Holloway’s top transfer targets over the summer.
Before leaving for a family holiday in Italy, the manager left orders for talks to begin with Bednar about a long-term deal.
The striker, signed from West Brom in January, looked impressive but was hit by a string of injuries.
Bednar is available on a free but will demand a high wage. Negotiations between the striker’s agent and Karl Oyston are set to begin in the next few days.
One man Pool are unlikely to have in their squad next season is Lomana LuaLua.
The 31-year-old will almost certainly go to Dubai, where he has been offered a big-money deal.
LuaLua scored four goals during his seven-month stay but didn’t even make the bench at Wembley, probably because Holloway knew the frontman was about to leave.
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