Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has admitted that in-demand winger Wes Hoolahan is struggling to hit top form at the moment.
The 25-year-old Irishman has been linked with a number of other Championship clubs, but Grayson refuses to blame continuing speculation for Hoolahan's dip in performance.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: "I don't think he is at his best at the moment.
"Players have ups and downs and at the moment he isn't the player that he was a month or six weeks ago.
"But we have to deal with that and he has to deal with it. Players can have a drop in their performance levels and hopefully he will rediscover his form quickly.
"I don't think it is anything to do with the speculation that's been floating around, because he's been dealing with speculation ever since he came to this club 18 months ago and it hasn't affected him before."