One in for Pool, but it was almost more

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BLACKPOOL beat the deadline to recruit Bournemouth’s Wes Thomas on loan, but they tried hard to sign more.

The 25-year-old striker was the only player to arrive through the doors at Bloomfield Road on a hectic day of negotiations.

The Seasiders saw a number of deals stall at the last moment, many with top Premier League clubs.

Boss Michael Appleton was determined only to add players he felt could go straight into his first- team squad.

Thomas spent a loan spell under Appleton at Portsmouth this season and scored three goals in six games.

Seasiders secretary Matt Williams described a non-stop deadline day. He told The Gazette: “It was extremely busy for us all

“We thought we had a couple of deals lined up only to fail to get them over the line at the last minute.

“We met the financial demands with a number of offers but the clubs changed their minds because they were reluctant to leave themselves short.

“And just before the deadline we did a deal, but we couldn’t get the player to a fax machine in time.”

Williams revealed one deal with a top Premier League club broke down because of that club’s demands.

He explained: “We had certain deals we simply chose not to do, including one for a well-known Premier League striker. We were keen to get him but the deal wouldn’t have made sense.

“We were willing to meet the financial terms but only if the player started in our first team.

“If he didn’t play, we’d have been left to pick up his full weekly wage, which is huge.

“We didn’t want finances forcing us to pick a player. We just can’t get involved in that sort of deal.”

Thomas has fired 11 goals in 38 games since joining League One Bournemouth from Crawley in September last year.

The Londoner has handed in a transfer request at Dean Court and was very keen to link-up with Appleton again.

He replaces Adda Djeziri at Bloomfield Road, after the Algerian went out on a month’s loan to League One Scunthorpe.

The 24-year-old has fired six goals for Pool’s development squad but has so far failed to break into Pool’s first-team squad.

Williams says he could have been followed out of the door by several other players.

He added: “Quite a few clubs came in for Ashley Eastham but he chose to stay and fight for his place here.

“He feels that after two loan moves this season (to Fleetwood and Notts County) it’s time to prove himself to the new manager. We probably had 12 League One clubs in for him yesterday.”