Stoke closing in on Blackpool duo

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Blackpool are close to losing highly-rated teenage duo Mark Waddington and Dom Telford to Stoke City.

The pair, who broke into the first team at the turn of the year, were recently offered improved deals in a bid to resolve contract disputes which have been ongoing for months.

Although the offers now on the table at Bloomfield Road are understood to be significantly better than those originally made, both players are in advanced talks with the Britannia Stadium club and could complete moves early next month.

The 18-year-olds would probably join the Potters’ under-21 set-up rather than Mark Hughes’ Premier League squad.

And because both are under-23, Pool would be entitled to compensation fees, at least £100,000 per player.

Stoke have been admirers of Telford ever since the striker equalised against Rotherham on his home debut last Christmas, and they had an offer for him rejected during the January transfer window.

Waddington was also the subject of a January bid from Championship side Brighton and is tipped for a big future as an imposing midfielder.

Following yesterday’s confirmation that 22 players were leaving Bloomfield Road, some of last season’s squad have begun to find new clubs.

Defender Jeffrey Rentmeister has joined second division side Royal White Star Bruxelles in his native Belgium.

Rentmeister, who made eight appearances for Pool last season, last played in November and was completely frozen out after being found guilty of drink-driving in March.