Simon Grayson on speculation linking Blackpool with loan move for Derby County youngster

Blackpool are understood to be closing in on a loan move for Derby County youngster Calum MacDonald.

Saturday, 24th August 2019, 9:43 pm
Blackpool are closing in on a loan move for Calum MacDonald

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The Gazette understands the deal should be wrapped up and confirmed in the next day or two.

Speaking after yesterday's goalless draw, Pool boss Simon Grayson admitted MacDonald was a player on his radar.

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“He’s a player I’m aware of and have looked at," he told The Gazette.

“You know me, I don’t comment on too many things, but I’m still looking to bring good players to the football club.

“If that one happens, then it will be done because he’s a good footballer.”

Predominately a left-back, MacDonald is also capable of playing at centre back and in midfield.

MacDonald, who came through the youth ranks at Pride Park, has yet to make a senior appearance for the Rams.

But he has been in and around the senior squad at Derby and has been named on the bench in the Championship on a number of occasions.

Having won the under-23 player of the year award in the 2016/17 season, he had success on loan at non-League Barrow where he scored once in 21 appearances.

MacDonald, who has been an ever-present in Derby’s under-23 side in Premier League 2, also made his Scotland Under-21 debut in October 2016.