Pool interest in Blackburn striker

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Blackpool have joined the race for Scotland striker David Goodwillie.

Manager Paul Ince is keen to add firepower to his squad and is believed to have targeted the Blackburn striker.

The Scot is wanted by clubs north of the border after being told he is no longer in new boss Gary Bowyer’s plans at Ewood Park.

Pool bid more than £1m for Goodwillie back in 2011 but this time The Gazette understands Pool have made enquiries about a long-term loan.

Dundee United saw a loan bid for the 24-year-old rejected last week.

The Scotland international is looking to get his career back on track after off- field problems saw him make only 11 appearances last season.

He spent a short spell on loan at Crystal Palace only for the move to be cut short after claims he failed to settle in London.

Blackpool are desperate to add bodies to a squad depleted by big-name departures, although any loan moves wouldn’t take place until much closer to the start of the season.

They return to training on Friday week and Ince knows time is running out.

He told The Gazette: “At the moment we only have 13 players. Half of me is wanting to get players in straight away, but we have to try to be sensible.

“We can’t panic and get players in just to fill the squad.”

With the likes of Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Kirk Broadfoot and Stephen Crainey yet to agree new deals, Ince is resigned to having to rebuild his squad. He added: “I don’t want to mess about with the squad too much but I’ve got no choice.

“It’s not going to be easy bringing in 10 new players – it’s almost like starting again.

“When clubs bring in so many they struggle. It will take us time to gel.”

Despite the growing urgency, Ince is more than aware of the sort of player he wants and he’s willing to be patient to land the right people.

“Last year we nearly went down. That has to be a lesson to us all,” he said.

“We have to build right and make sure we get the sort of player who wants to play for this club.

“This club is different and has a special culture. We need players who will buy into that and this will take time.

“Hopefully we’ll have some good news for everyone soon.”