Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has revealed he is trying to sign four players who helped the club achieve promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season.

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, strikers Stephen Dobbie from Swansea and DJ Campbell from Leicester, and Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan all impressed in loan spells at Bloomfield Road last term.

Holloway told Tangerine Player: "I'm trying to bring those players back so at least I have what I finished the season with."

The 47-year-old is yet to make a signing as the Tangerines prepare for their first season in the top flight since 1971, although he is believed to be close to capturing Israeli defender Dekel Keinan, who is available on a free transfer from Maccabi Haifa.

Holloway is also looking at Monaco midfielder Malaury Martin, who is currently on trial at Bloomfield Road and will travel with the squad on their pre-season trip to Devon.

"He's been in every French age group up to Under-21, and he's still only 21, and that's the sort of calibre of player I'm looking at," said Holloway.

The Seasiders' boss is hoping to bring in at least 10 outfield players to boost his threadbare squad, which was reduced further when Hameur Bouazza left to join French side Arles-Avignon this month.

Holloway slammed the Algeria international's attitude, saying: "I don't think we fitted each other that well. He didn't turn up for the last month of the season, which really upset the lads and me. But I think we'll miss the type of pace that he gave us."

The former Bristol Rovers and Leicester boss admitted Blackpool are not really ready for the Premier League but he is relishing the challenge.

"We have bitten off more than we can chew but we'll chew as fast as we can," he added. "You have to get out of your comfort zone, that's what life is all about."

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