United midfielder signs but O’Donnell deal collapses

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Blackpool have signed Manchester United youngster Joe Rothwell but were knocked back in a bid for Partick Thistle’s Stephen O’Donnell.

Midfielder Rothwell arrived at Bloomfield Road last night on loan until the end of the season and is highly rated at Old Trafford.

The 20-year-old came through the United ranks and was promoted to train with the first-team squad after impressing boss Louis van Gaal.

Pool had hoped to sign the Oldham-born pivot player last week only for an injury to delay the deal.

But Lee Clark is happy to have landed his man. The Pool manager said: “Joe is someone we’ve been monitoring for a while and I’m pleased a deal has been agreed.

“He’s very highly regarded at Old Trafford and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Rothwell is expected to link up with his new team-mates tomorrow.

He will not be joined by defender O’Donnell, even though an offer of £100,000 was accepted yesterday by Partick, who had rejected a lesser bid by Pool last week.

The deal fell down after talks between Pool and the 22-year-old’s agent.

O’Donnell explained: “My agent spoke to Blackpool.”

“We decided it just wasn’t the right move for me at this time. It wasn’t something that came down to money.

“I’m a Partick Thistle player and will be doing everything I can to make sure we finish as far up the table as possible, with the top-six still a very real possibility.

“I am happy where I am just now and I’m incredibly proud every time I pull on the Partick Thistle shirt.”

The Scot has made over 100 appearances for the Glasgow club since his debut in September 2011.

He will be out of contract in the summer, when it is widely believed he will join Partick’s Premiership rivals Dundee United.