Holloway steps up striker search

23 July 2010 10:32
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has made signing a new striker his top priority before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. The Seasiders have been very quiet on the transfer front since clinching promotion via the Championship play-offs in May, although Francis Jeffers is currently on trial at Bloomfield Road. However, Holloway knows he must bolster a strikeforce that will be without Billy Clarke for up to three months after the forward suffered a knee injury. Holloway said: "The Accrington game on Tuesday showed that some of our finishing isn't quite up to scratch yet. Maybe one or two of the players I borrowed last year would have buried them, so I have to get to work. "This isn't going to be the squad I start the season with, but we have to learn to work as hard as we used to. "We should have scored more in the first half. We missed a couple of good early chances which we should have taken." Holloway continues to be linked with Dekel Keinan and is waiting to see if the Israeli defender is granted a work permit, adding: "He is one game short of getting his work permit. We'll see what we can do." Holloway has also offered a trial to the former Monaco player Malaury Martin, saying of the Frenchman: "I have to have a good look at him. He showed almost too much discipline in the first half. "In the second half, when he drifted forward into a position I think he prefers, he created some fantastic chances. "One pass was unbelievably good and I think any midfielder in the world would have been proud of that on. I wish I could speak French but he's done well to try to understand me."

Source: ESA