Ollie’s TV talent show

Gary Taylor-Fletcher
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IAN Holloway is rifling through the DVD bargain bins to see if he can unearth more hidden talent to help the Seasiders stay in the Premier League.

The Pool boss struck gold at the start of the season when he signed Elliot Grandin for £500,000.

He had never seen the Frenchman in action but took a gamble after seeing Grandin on a DVD sent by an agent.

The 24-year-old has been a huge success and Holloway, astonished at the prices of some lower-league English players, might try the same trick again.

Ahead of today’s game with Sunderland, the manager said: “I didn’t go into training earlier in the week because I sat at home with a big pile of DVDs I have been sent. I thoroughly enjoyed doing that.

“The standard of players people think I might sign now has definitely cranked up a level. But the prices of some of these players and what they might earn is scary.

“One lad had a £5m buy-out clause, so I don’t think we’ll be getting him quite yet!

“But the encouraging thing is that Charlie Adam cost me £500,000 and how good is he? So we can get bargains, and Elliot Grandin proves DVDs do sometimes give you an accurate impression of a player.

“The bottom line is I haven’t got the strength in depth in my scouting network that other clubs have, so I’ve been watching an awful lot of DVDs.

“We’ve made numerous bids I cannot talk about because I don’t think it is right and proper. That is why I was annoyed with Aston Villa coming out publicly about Charlie.

“I wouldn’t want to unsettle anybody’s players, so I try not to comment about any potential new arrival until we’ve agreed a deal the club and player will accept, which has proved very difficult for us.

“But we are progressing very slowly and steadily, and hopefully some things will happen. I am optimistic we’ll have done some business by the end of the month.”

One of the key men in today’s bid to complete a double over Sunderland could be Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who is aiming to keep his hot streak going. The striker has scored in his last two outings and doesn’t want his mini goal spree to end just yet.

“I hope it’s the start of a purple patch because I’ve never really had one at Blackpool,” said the frontman. “At other clubs I’ve scored five, six, seven goals in a row, but it’s not happened here so far.