Pool knocked back in winger bid

James McClean of Derry City
James McClean of Derry City
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IAN Holloway was back at his desk this morning aiming to bolster his squad before pre-season training begins next Monday.

The Seasiders boss has returned from a two-week break and made new signings his No.1 priority, though Pool have been knocked back over one Irish target.

An official bid for Derry City winger James McLean has been rejected.

The Seasiders are yet to decide whether to go back to the League of Ireland Premier Division club with a fresh offer for the 22-year-old, who has hinted he is keen to move to England.

McLean said: “Every player wants to improve and play at the highest level possible, and I’m no different.

“Should an offer come in from a good club, then I would certainly sit up, take advice on the matter and move on.

“I’ve heard stories about scouts watching me from West Ham, Reading, Blackpool and Burnley, among others, but I’ve heard nothing.”

The Seasiders are targeting Ireland as a source of talent this summer. They had Dundalk winger Daniel Kearns watched last weekend, and have also been linked with midfielder Stuart Dallas and striker Jordan Owens from Belfast club Crusaders.