McDonald hoping for more Blackpool signings ahead of Iron clash

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Neil McDonald is hoping for more additions to his squad before tomorrow’s trip to Scunthorpe, promising Pool are doing everything they can to attract players.

It’s been a frustrating week for the Blackpool boss, who saw at least two targets slip away in the run-up to Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

With permanent transfers now banned until January, the Seasiders turned to the out-of-contract market to sign former Leeds midfielder David Norris yesterday.

McDonald said: “We might have one or two to get across the line in the next few days.

“We put two bids in for two players and were knocked back, although we may revisit them when the loan window opens (next Wednesday).

“We’ve tried but couldn’t get them over the line. We’ve tried all avenues.”

One player who is very much on the radar is former Burnley striker Martin Paterson.

As revealed in The Gazette this week, the striker is training with the Seasiders in an attempt to earn a deal at the club, having come back across the Atlantic after leaving Orlando City in the MLS.

McDonald confirmed: “Martin has been training with us, which is great.

“He’s looking at us and we are looking at him. He’s looking in great shape considering he hasn’t played in a while, so we’ll see how that develops.”

After insisting at the start of the season he was happy with his squad, McDonald now admits he is short and that has prompted the increased urgency in Pool’s transfer search.

“We’ve played five games and we are disappointed with how the start has gone,” added the manager.

“Reality has hit home that we are going to have to work a bit harder.

“We have a few people back from injury and we’ve recruited players, so that adds to competition for places.”