IAN Holloway has unfinished business in the transfer market – he wants more new faces at Blackpool before the window closes tomorrow night.
But he also has to fend off bids for his own players, admitting his phone has been “white-hot” with calls about Matty Phillips.
Pool boss Holloway said: “I’ve never had such a hot phone and a hot ear.
“But the chairman knows what I believe, Matt knows what I believe and I believe he is destined for one of the top five or six Premier League clubs.
“If they came in for him, we’d be happy to talk to them at certain figures, but not now, maybe in the summer.”
Lomana LuaLua is also a target but again Holloway is confident he will keep his man.
He added: “Lua has a deal with me. I told him I’d get him famous again with the way we play and I think that has happened.
“He is more than happy to stay with us on the contract he is on.” It is getting players in before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline that the manager is concentrating on.
The Seasiders have made four signings this month – bringing in Liverpool’s Danny Wilson, Rangers’ John Fleck and Wigan’s Nouah Dicko on loan, and snapping up Roman Bednar from West Brom.
Bednar watched his new club draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Saturday after completing his move an hour before kick-off.
The 28-year-old striker will stay until the end of the season, with a view to a longer-term deal.
Holloway is delighted, though Bednar is not fit enough to start tomorrow’s home Championship game with Coventry.
The manager said: “We have to assess Bednar and see where he is up to. He only played three games in the first half of the season, so we will give him a little fitness regime.
“He is delighted to have signed. He wants to get going again after being frozen out a little bit at West Brom.
“He has already scored loads of goals, like Kevin Phillips, and you can never have enough of those types of strikers.”
But the manager’s business isn’t over yet. “We still have some irons in the fire, whether they will come to fruition, who knows?” said Holloway, who is still hopeful of landing Fleetwood’s Jamie Vardy or Crawley’s Tyrone Barnett.
His quest to sign Jason Puncheon is over, though, after the winger featured for Southampton on Saturday. FA rules prevent a player turning out for more than two clubs in the same season and Puncheon has also played for QPR on loan.