Oyston blasts Rams` Baker approach

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has slammed Derby`s two bids for full-back Shaun Barker as "not acceptable".

The Tangerines, who have just installed Ian Holloway as manager, have turned down two approaches from Derby, including a swap deal involving Liam Dickinson.

Oyston said he is "not interested" in discussing a deal for Barker, who has one-year left to run on his contract at Bloomfield Road.

"We are just not interested in talking to them at all," Oyston told the Blackpool Gazette. "We have told them that what they have offered is not acceptable, and we don't want to swap any players.

"Particularly now we have a new manager it is vitally important that we keep our better players together and players that are fundamental to where we have got and keeping us in here."

Of hanging on to Barker, Oyston added: "I am hoping so. That's out of my hands isn't it? But what is in my hands is the current situation and we've told Derby that we are not interested in their offer and we've turned it down.

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