Holloway hopeful over Dobbie
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has turned his attentions to Stephen Dobbie after missing out on Emile Heskey.
Last Updated: 07/08/12 4:00pm
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has turned his attentions to Swansea's Stephen Dobbie after failing to secure a deal for Emile Heskey.
Heskey is a free agent after being released by Aston Villa at the end of the previous season, but a deal to take him to Bloomfield Road has failed to materialise.
Dobbie has been high on the Tangerines' wish-list after his loan spell last season came to an end following their defeat to West Ham in the play-off final.
That loss saw Dobbie return to the Swans, who reportedly placed a £1.1million price tag on his head, which thwarted Holloway's hopes of landing him on a full-time basis.
But the Blackpool chief has not given up hope of signing the striker and is determined to speak to opposite number Michael Laudrup when the two sides meet on Tuesday evening.
"I don't know whether we can get him back. We are playing Swansea and I might be able to talk to their manager while I am down there," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.
"But I am not that hopeful because he went and banged that hat-trick in the other week. That won't help my cause but it might help his."
Holloway's admiration for the marksman is clear but the jovial character will remain philosophical if he fails to clinch the deal.
He added: "All I've ever guaranteed (Stephen) is that I'll try to make him pickable for everyone else and I just love him.
"I wish I could go and wrap him up and bring him with me now but life isn't that easy, it doesn't work that way. And that isn't my chairman's fault, it's just life - he belongs to Swansea."