Homesick Elliot ponders move

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BLACKPOOL face a nervous wait to see if Elliot Grandin decides to exit Bloomfield Road and head back to France.

Nice, who play in the country’s top division, want to take the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season before signing him permanently in the summer.

Ian Holloway is a big fan of Grandin’s and doesn’t want the deal to go through.

But Grandin has personal reasons for wanting to return to his homeland and the Pool manager believes it isn’t right to stand in his way.

Grandin, a regular in the Premier League and back from a foot injury which kept him out for the first half of this season, came off the bench at Ipswich on Saturday and produced an inspired display to help the Seasiders to come back from 2-0 down and claim a point.

He scored his first goal since hitting the target against Aston Villa last February and supplied the pass for Kevin Phillips’ late leveller.


Holloway said: “I thought Elliot was superb. The problem is that he has been a little bit homesick.

“He has split up with his wife and his little boy is over there (in France). He wants to go home.

“Over the last two days it looked like he might be off, but the French team that wanted him couldn’t come up with the money we were asking for.

“What he said to me was totally refreshing. He told me that he believes the club chasing him should have the money to take him on loan and then buy him at the end of that, and if they are not going to do then he said he would more than happily play for me.

“I think that is terrific and well done to Elliot because in this day and age, when people are so selfish most of the time, that is refreshing.

“And what a fantastic performance by Elliot. He made us tick. He was positive, got on the ball and got a goal as well. I thought he was absolutely fantastic and that shows his character.

“Sometimes we say things and write things about footballers and forget they’re human.

“Their families can mean an awful lot to them. It’s really difficult and I’ve got the utmost respect for him.

“Sometimes football is far too important. Family should come first at all times.”

While the deal has stalled for the time being, the chances are that Grandin will depart before the end of the month.

That is another reason why Holloway believes it is vital the club adds at least two or three players in the next fortnight ahead of the crucial run-in.

At the moment, though, it seems he is having little joy.

“There are loads of things cooking but it’s all burning to be honest,” said the boss, who is chasing Fleetwood’s Jamie Vardy, Jason Puncheon at Southampton and QPR’s DJ Campbell among others.

“What people are asking for, the choices they might have…it’s the usual thing and I can’t stand it.

“It drives me absolutely round the bend. I’m sure it does the chairman too. But we will keep trying because I think we need to add one or two little bits and pieces.”

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