Pool’s transfer market troubles continue

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Blackpool are hoping to add at least one new signing ahead of tomorrow’s game against Watford, but the clock is ticking.

With Monday’s transfer deadline looming, time is running out for Paul Ince to add to his depleted squad.

Pool are already majorly short of options all over the park, but an injury crisis at the heart of their defence means that’s a new priority.

Gary MacKenzie and Craig Cathcart will both miss tomorrow’s game, and Ince is desperate to add a centre half on loan.

The deadline for permanent signings or long-term loans to be available for tomorrow’s game passed at 12noon today, meaning any deal would have to be an emergency short-term loan.

Ince revealed the Seasiders were in advanced talks with a Championship defender who would go straight into the side for tomorrow’s game, but as yet the deal has failed to materialise.

“MacKenzie’s pulled his hamstring so it doesn’t look like he’ll be available, Cathcart is out for another two or three weeks too, so we are trying hard to get a centre half in.

“I want two or three in today, if I can get them in then our plans for Saturday will be a different story.

“At the moment we don’t have a centre-half, so we’d have to put Basham there which would leave us without a right-back.”

Pool’s defensive issues have come as an unwanted problem when they’d ideally be looking to concentrate on other areas.

Ince stated he wanted as many as eight in last week, as yet none have arrived.

He added: “It’s no secret that we need to strengthen all over the park.

“Competition is the key and we need that all over, ideally I want 22 players in my squad.

“Obviously we need a winger in as Matty Phillips has gone and we don’t know what’s going to happen with Tom.

“We need some pace in the team, I also want a fox in the box who can get in behind.

“We have 46 games, it’s a lot of games to get through so we need numbers.

“You can see now what happens when you get one or two big injuries, we quickly became depleted.”

MacKenzie’s injury is a big blow for the Seasiders who now have only one fit central defender in the shape of Kirk Broadfoot.

And Ince confirmed the Scottish defender could be out of a couple of weeks.

“Gary came off at the right time last week and didn’t do too much damage,” he said.

“He has a grade one tear of his hamstring, so he’ll be missing for Saturday.

“It’s a big loss, it’s his presence, and his heart.”