Excitement of promotion is turning to concern

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With less than a fortnight to go before Blackpool's first ever Premier League fixture on August 14th against Wigan Athletic, Ian Holloway has admitted his club's first team squad has ‘up to ten places to fill’, sparking concerns among some fans that time to sign players is running out.

Only 17 players are listed in the club's first team squad, three of whom are goalkeepers. With such low numbers in Holloway's squad, it has become increasingly clear that the Tangerines’ manager must begin to offer contracts to several trialists as well as making significant gains in the transfer market.

With Metz's Benin striker Razak Omotoyossi, French free agent Laurent Merlin as well as Francis Jeffers yet to be offered contracts, some are increasingly concerned with the club's lack of action.

Transfer business continues to look unpromising, with the club's recent dealings with Ipswich Town seeming at breaking point in the last few days. Further prospective signings in Paddy McCourt of Celtic and Angel Rangel of Swansea look to have come to nothing, their respective clubs offering the players new contracts, thus ending Blackpool's interest.

A reported £1 million has also been refused by Leicester City for DJ Campbell, who formed an integral part of Holloway's play-off success last season as a loan striker; scoring eight goals in 14 games. Leicester manager Paulo Sousa is said to be impressed with Campbell's pre-season form and may therefore want to keep hold of the man who cost Leicester £1.6 million three years ago.

In further speculation, The Sun claims Holloway has expressed interest in Senegalese striker Macoumba Kandji of the New York Red Bulls, who has impressed in pre-season friendlies this week against Tottenham and Manchester City. The highly rated striker is said to be interested in a move to the Premier League.

With regards to his side's need for new faces, Holloway told the club's official website: "I only want the right people and I have to make the right decisions. I want the right people to work with.

"I don't care where they come from or whatever division they come from and I don't want anyone to judge them yet. I want to polish them up and give them a half decent career.

"What I want to do is get the lads going again and add some quality people and quality players to what we've got."

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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