Simon Grayson on potential incomings and outgoings at Blackpool on transfer deadline day

Simon Grayson has suggested Blackpool will be busier on transfer deadline day than originally anticipated.

Thursday, 30th January 2020, 3:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 8:06 pm

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The Pool boss, speaking this morning ahead of this weekend's trip to Oxford United, revealed the club are currently working on deals.

It comes ahead of the closure of the January transfer window, which shuts at 11pm on Friday night.

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“It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be making some new signings," Grayson told The Gazette.

“I don’t really want to say how many just in case we fall short of it or get more. But we’re working hard to make some decisions happen for us very quickly.”

The Seasiders have been linked with a loan move for Reading right-back Teddy Howe according to reports in the Reading Chronicle.

The 21-year-old impressed in both outings against Grayson's men in the recent FA Cup encounters.

Grayson also revealed a potential outgoing is already in the works, adding: “There’s probably one player that will be going on a permanent basis, but that’s to a League Two club, not above like people might be expecting or anticipating.

“I don’t know when that deal will get announced, but he’s close to leaving the football club.

“Nobody else has matched any valuation of our players, whether it’s players who are out of contract as I know where you’re going with your question, but also whether it’s existing players who are still under contract as well.

“We’ve said all along if any player leaves this football club will be on our terms and will be because it’s the right decision for the club.

"Jordan Thompson is a prime example of that. He was a regular last year but we felt it was a good deal for us so we allowed him to go.”

Having the window close so late in the day when Grayson and his players will be down in Oxford ahead of Saturday's game is far from ideal.

But the Pool boss says the club will make it work.

“It’s not an ideal situation but in this day in age you’ve got telephones that you can do some work with," Grayson joked.

“(Chief executive) Ben Mansford will remain at the club because we’ve got deals that are ongoing at this moment in time that might happen or might not happen.

“There’s going to be a lot of people busy on their phones, as we have been over the last few weeks to see where we can go with things.”