Pool expecting busy transfer deadline-day

Blackpool's Tom Aldred completed his deal this morning
Blackpool's Tom Aldred completed his deal this morning
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Blackpool are set to leave their deadline-day dealing typically late as they aim to complete several transfers before tonight’s 11pm cut-off.

Manager Lee Clark has a list of targets and a couple of players could leave Bloomfield Road too.

One deal certain to take place today is the permanent signing of Tom Aldred from Accrington Stanley.

The defender joined Pool on a short-term loan on Saturday morning and was an unused substitute in the win over Brighton.

The Bolton-born 24-year-old came through the ranks at Carlisle, then had spells at Watford and Colchester without making a senior appearance for either club.

He did play on loan for Stockport, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Barrow before joining Stanley two years ago.

Aldred, whose two-year deal runs out in the summer, has made 92 consecutive starts for the League Two club and worked there with current Blackpool coach Paul Stephenson.

Pool assistant boss Alan Thompson said Pool are hoping for more deals today: “I hope there will be more activity before the window closes.

“We are looking at a number of areas. It depends what becomes available.

“Tom’s deal will be finalised on Monday. He’s a young and enthusiastic defender, who we are happy to have.

“We will try and get one or two in ahead of the deadline and, you never know, maybe one or two out.

“We will be here at the stadium until the deadline, so it could be a long night.”

There is a major question mark over the Pool future of big earner Ishmael Miller, who was left out of Saturday’s squad.

Joe Lewis was again confined to the bench after it was revealed that Pool must pay his parent club Cardiff a £40,000 fee if the keeper makes a further three appearances on loan.

The 27-year-old could yet return to Wales today and Pool are lining up a replacement if he does.

Nile Ranger could also be on his way out, with Oldham linked with a swoop.

Pool are also believed to be chasing a defender from a League Two club as well as a number of other targets.