Holloway to persuade winger to join

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POOL will spend the weekend trying to persuade Jason Puncheon to sign in a deal worth £1m.

Ian Holloway desperately wants the winger at Bloomfield Road and agreeing a fee with Southampton is not a problem.

The issue is persuading Puncheon to turn his back on Premier League QPR – who are also chasing the 25-year-old – and sign for the Seasiders.

“I’ve been after Jason Puncheon from the time I signed him on loan till now. Can I get him? I still don’t know at the moment, we’re still trying,” said the boss.

“He belongs to another club and other clubs want him as well.

“Unfortunately, we’re not the only football club in the world.

“It is nothing to do with the price Southampton are asking, it is to do with who else might want him because he played so well for us on loan last season.

“He might be being bought as I speak by someone else, who have an awful lot of money now and who are in a higher league than us.”

Holloway has also confirmed the chase for Barry Bannan appears to be over.

The boss wanted the Aston Villa midfielder, who spent a successful loan spell at Blackpool during the Championship promotion campaign two years ago.

But Holloway appears to have hit a brick wall, saying: “I asked but he isn’t available. I said to Villa boss Alex McLeish ‘do you want to sell him or loan him out?’ but he isn’t available.

“They haven’t got a big enough squad and he is doing quite well for them.

“But as I keep saying, I don’t want anyone getting wound up or stressed about us having to make signings before the end of the deadline because the truth is that our window doesn’t shut – and this is the whole stupidity of it.

“It closes for a week and then we can take emergency loans.

“So there will be all sorts of players available who aren’t wanted by their clubs.

“We couldn’t do that last year. This year – with the rules being as they are in the Championship – we can.”

Pool aren’t having much joy in the transfer market at the moment.

They have also confirmed they missed out on Sweden international Mathias Ranegie, a 6ft 4ins striker who has blasted 17 goals in 21 games in Sweden’s Premier League.

The Seasiders bid £800,000 rising to £1.5m for the 27-year-old BK Hacken player but were told it wasn’t enough.

As well as trying to add players, Holloway wants to offload a few.

He has a raft of younger players that he wants to send out on loan.

Frontman Tom Barkhuizen and centre back Ashley Eastham have gone to Hereford and Bury.

Holloway said: “That’s a sign of the times. It is great for us to have some lads who are actually good enough to go out on loan to other clubs and play in their team.

“We are used to borrowing other people’s youngsters. Now we can loan them out to others and I’ve got more good young lads who I am willing to loan out too, so we can keep them ticking over.”