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Blackpool still interested in signing Southend United winger Ryan Hall
BLACKPOOL are still interested in signing Southend United winger Ryan Hall.
The Championship club came close to signing the 24-year-old just before the transfer window closed on Friday night.
But the Seasiders have not given up hope of bringing Hall in.
And the Echo understands they are keen to complete a loan deal when the window reopens again next week, with the move then becoming permanent in January.
“Blackpool are still interested in Ryan and hope the deal can be completed soon,” said a source close to the club.
“It very nearly happened on Friday but just couldn’t be agreed in time.
“The move is not dead though and Ryan is keen to play at a higher level as well.
“It does look like it’s going to happen now with the move initially being on loan before it becomes permanent in January.”
Blackpool had a bid of £250,000 accepted for Hall on Friday but personal terms could not be agreed before the 11pm shut-off point.
However, that has now been sorted and the winger looks destined to depart.
Hall joined Blues on a free transfer two seasons ago and has since made 105 appearances for the club, scoring 22 goals.
Last season he was the club’s top scorer after hitting the back of the net 14 times and he also ended the campaign with more assists than any other player in the professional leagues.
This time around, he has featured in three of Southend’s five games so far this season but he will not be involved in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie against AFC Wimbledon.
Bilel Mohsni will again also not figure either and the French defender is set to train with Championship club Ipswich Town later this week.
Mohsni has not returned to Roots Hall since the end of last season and is also keen to leave.