Hall deal up in the air

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RYAN Hall made his first appearance in Tangerine yesterday ... but it could be his last.

The 24-year-old midfielder is training with the Seasiders with the permission of his club Southend.

He was in action for the club’s development squad which beat a young side from Scottish champions Celtic 2-1 yesterday.

Hall played alongside Gerardo Bruna and Chris Basham as goals from Alberto Noguera and Banvo Anderson secured the win.

The midfielder looked set to join Blackpool on deadline day for £250,000 only for the deal to break down at the eleventh hour.

And Ian Holloway says his future remains undecided.

The Pool boss said: “He’ll cost us a lot of money and I have to be sure whether we should pay it.

“His club have told him they don’t want him with them and he can train with us.

“I’m in a luxurious position of being able to say, ‘Yes, we have the money but do we want to spend it in that position?’

“Is he going to be added right now? The honest answer is that I don’t know.

“I know Southend want the money because they’ll lose him for free in the summer.

“My chairman’s negotiating skills managed to get him here for us to have a look at him. He does negotiate ... but it’s only one way.

“Luckily his stubbornness has enabled me to have a look at the boy. It’s a shame for him because he feels he’s on trial.

“But when I’ve got a team as good as I’ve got, it’s hard to find someone better than I’ve already got.”