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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway hopes to wrap up the signing of Israeli defender Dekel Keinan in the next 48 hours.

Keinan had a medical with the Seasiders last week and is now waiting on a work permit before completing his move from Maccabi Haifa. The 25-year-old will be Blackpool's first signing since they won promotion to the Barclays Premier League in May and Holloway is expecting Keinan to be able to take part in the club's pre-season preparations in Devon this week.

"Hopefully Dekel will get his work permit in the next couple of days," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette. "He'll be able to take part in the other games here in Devon."

Holloway has been looking at Monaco midfielder Malaury Martin, who is currently on trial with the Tangerines, while former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers is also reported to be training with the team.

Meanwhile, Holloway has admitted Blackpool will miss the influence of striker Ben Burgess, who has joined Notts County.

"I wanted to keep Ben but someone offered him a two-year deal and he made that decision," Holloway said.

"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.

"Having a big fella up front who can keep hold of the thing is a big help.

"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."

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