SOUTHEND midfielder Ryan Hall trained with the Seasiders yesterday but no deal has been yet done to sign him, writes WILLIAM WATT.
The 24-year-old was set to join Pool a fortnight ago only for the deal to fall through minutes before the transfer deadline.
Pool boss Ian Holloway is hopeful a loan can be agreed and invited Hall to training yesterday. However, it’s highly unlikely a deal will be agreed ahead of tomorrow’s game.
Holloway also confirmed Pool are hoping to sign DJ Campbell but are waiting until later in the month, as revealed in yesterday’s Gazette.
The manager said: “The two deals almost happened at the end of the window. Now we can do those deals on loan, with a view to signing them in January.
“As a Premier League club you don’t have that option but as a Championship one we do.
“The deals almost happened last month and they might happen in the future – it’s a ‘might’, though.
“It’s all about the timing, I don’t want people coming in and missing the Christmas period because they have to go back.
“I’d rather have players here for an unbroken spell right through until January.”
It’s believed Pool agreed a fee of around £250,000 for Hall, and although the cost may have fallen since Holloway said there is likely to be a fee involved.
“Ryan Hall obviously has some money involved in it, so it’s a different scenario to DJ, but I’m not dealing with them – my chairman is.
“I had Hall in training with us and he did very well.”
Signing Hall and Campbell would push Pool’s senior squad towards the 50-player mark.
But Holloway doesn’t think that’s a problem at all. “The club is growing all the time. I have more choices and hopefully they’ll make us a better team,” he said.
“We are trying to get a squad strong enough to cope with a 46-game season, and that’s without any cup games.
“When I first came here I had to ask too many to do too much. I don’t have to do that now.”