Pool close-in on Earnshaw deal

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Blackpool are hoping to sign Rob Earnshaw, and another new face could follow ahead of tomorrow’s game against Huddersfield.

The 32-year-old striker trained with the Seasiders yesterday with a view to signing until the end of the season.

He left Major League Soccer side Toronto FC in January after scoring eight goals in 23 appearances for the Canadian club.

Should the Earnshaw deal go through he’ll bring huge experience to Bloomfield Road having scored more than 200 league goals.

“Hopefully there will be players in for tomorrow’s game,” revealed boss Barry Ferguson.

“I’ll be definitely looking to do some business, more than one too.

“I just need to be nice to my chairman and see if I can get one, maybe two over the line.”

The signing would be a u-turn for Ferguson who said two weeks ago he wouldn’t be adding to his squad.

But he explained he feels new faces are what everyone needs at the moment.

He said: “I just think we need a wee boost, and I have quite a lot of players in mind.

“Hopefully I can get a few done, but it’s a hard time to get players in, it really is.

“At this stage of the season a lot of clubs want to keep hold of their players in case of injuries.

“The players I want will definitely boost the squad.

“But I have a few in mind and hopefully I can get them over the line.”

While the identity of Blackpool’s other targets are as yet unknown, a striker is expected to be high on the wish-list after Steven Davies was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The former Bristol City man has endured a frustrating campaign, and now requires an operation which will make him unavailable for the remaining 10 games.

Ferguson said: “I’ve only got one physical presence up front, I need two.

“Steven Davies has got a groin problem. I don’t really know the details, but he’ll probably need to go in for an operation now.”

A win for Charlton in midweek means Pool are now just six points from the relegation drop zone. And when asked about targets for the rest of the season, Ferguson set his side a pretty high target.

“We have 10 games left, so I want 30 points. That would keep us up,” he joked.

“It’s going to go right to the wire.

“We have a small gap now, but we need to make that bigger. The teams below us are going to make things harder and harder for us.

“We will take each game at a time and get ourselves safe.”

Blackpool have until 12 noon today to complete the Earnshaw deal to allow him to take part in tomorrow’s game against Huddersfield.