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Blackpool fail to agree terms with striker Pitman

Bournemouth have confirmed striker Brett Pitman has failed to agree terms over a move to Blackpool.

The 22-year-old, who scored 28 goals for the Cherries last season and a 16-minute hat-trick for them last weekend, travelled to meet Pool officials yesterday to discuss a move to the Premier League newcomers.

But the League One club have confirmed this morning that Pitman has snubbed a move to Bloomfield Road, although the deal is not yet thought to be dead.

A club statement said: "Brett travelled to the north west to discuss personal terms but failed to agree a deal."

Meanwhile, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he has not enjoyed the transfer window at all and could yet follow Karl Oyston out of the club.

Holloway tied up deals for six new players last week, just days before the Seasiders got their maiden Premier League campaign under way with a trip to Wigan. Several of those signings - most notably, two-goal hero Marlon Harewood - then played a key role as the team pulled off a spectacular 4-0 victory at the DW Stadium.

With Israeli defender Dekel Keinan arriving this week as a seventh new recruit, it would appear Holloway is having no trouble strengthening his squad and that the future looks bright.

However, prior to the recent influx, Blackpool spent most of the summer struggling to finalise transfers and Bournemouth today confirmed striker Brett Pitman had failed to agree terms over a move to Bloomfield Road.

It has been a steep learning curve for the Tangerines since their promotion from the Championship in May and on Wednesday Oyston, who had previously spoken of his disillusionment with the business side of top-flight life, resigned as Blackpool chairman.

He will remain as acting chief executive of the club until the end of the season or a new appointment is made, and Holloway indicated he may have to reassess his own position once Oyston has departed.

"I think Karl and I will be working together for at least this season,'' Holloway said. "The day he leaves I'll have to consider my future because it is all about our relationship.''

In light of the club's troubles over the last few months, the manager said he will relieved when the transfer window finally closes on August 31.

"I'll be really delighted when the window slams shut,'' Holloway said. "I haven't enjoyed it at all. It has been very educational but something I wouldn't really want to do again and hopefully we can get the club in really decent shape heading towards the next window in January. We don't want to have to do much business in that one because that is the one where people panic."


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