Blackpool close in on Keinan deal

19 July 2010 03:09
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has confirmed he hopes to complete the signing of Israeli defender Dekel Keinan within the next 48 hours.Keinan, 25, had a medical with the newly promoted Seasiders last week and is now waiting on a work permit before completing his move from Maccabi Haifa. [LNB]Holloway expects Keinan to feature in this week's pre-season work in Devon. [LNB]Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers and Monaco midfielder Malaury Martin are also training with the club. [LNB]The latter, a 21-year-old defensive midfielder, is on trial from Monaco, while Jeffers - who has also played for Everton and Rangers - is training with the Seasiders in a bid to maintain fitness after being released by Sheffield Wednesday in the summer. [LNB]Keinan will become Blackpool's first signing since their play-off defeat of Cardiff in May, with Holloway telling the Blackpool Gazette: "Hopefully Dekel will get his work permit in the next couple of days. [LNB]"He'll be able to take part in the other games here in Devon."[LNB] Rate this signing And the Israeli's arrival could help fill the gap left by striker Ben Burgess' move to Notts County. [LNB]"I wanted to keep Ben but someone offered him a two-year deal and he made that decision," Holloway said. [LNB]"We were going to offer him a deal whereby if he played he would be paid a lot more than he's getting at Notts County, but he goes with our best wishes. He played a big part. [LNB]"Having a big fella up front who can keep hold of the thing is a big help. [LNB]"Some of our fans didn't appreciate it and wanted him to run through and score from 40 yards. It's a shame we couldn't educate everyone in what he did do and how important he was to the team. We are going to miss him." [LNB]Meanwhile defender Rob Edwards, who started 19 league games last season for Blackpool, has signed a new one-year contract with the club. [LNB]The 27-year-old's previous deal expired at the end of June but he has now agreed a new contract which contains the option to extend for a further year. [LNB]It means Edwards is set for a third season at Bloomfield Road having joined from Wolves in August 2008. [LNB]"There has never been any doubt that I wanted to stay and I'm just glad that it's all sorted now," said Edwards.

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