Holloway cools Beattie talk
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has laughed off speculation linking the club with a move for James Beattie.
Last Updated: 11/08/10 3:44pm
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has laughed off speculation linking the club with a move for striker James Beattie.
The 32-year-old Stoke forward has fallen down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium following a high-profile bust-up with Potters boss Tony Pulis last term regarding the club's Christmas party.
And Premier League new-boys Blackpool are thought to be interested in his signature, having added four players to their squad on a busy Wednesday.
But Holloway has quashed the link, and insists he does not have the necessary money at his disposal to swoop for a man of Beattie's ability.
"Goodness gracious me, that would be nice, wouldn't it?" he told the Blackpool Gazette when asked about the speculation.
"But unfortunately I can't afford his left little toenail and I wouldn't insult Stoke by even going to them.
"You are talking about a bloke who has been in the top flight for however many years, a top goalscorer.
"Stoke paid £3m for him. He kept them up the other January, and he still has God knows how many years left on his contract.
"So why on earth are we being linked with someone like that? This is absolute nonsense."
It remains to be seen if Beattie has a future at Stoke, as the former Blackburn, Southampton, Everton and Sheffield United forward hardly featured in the second half of last season.