Blackpool in loan talks with Championship keeper

Blackpool are in talks with reserve goalkeepers as they look to have a full squad for the opening day of the season.

Since the appointment of current manager Jose Riga, affairs at Blackpool have been less than conventional.

A number of players left Bloomfield Road - with none now left from their last Premier League spell - and they entered their first pre-season friendly with just eight players in their first-team squad.

Despite beating Northern League club Penrith 4-0, their pre-season tour of Spain was cancelled, and the Riga was reportedly looking to leave after just one month in charge.

A second friendly was played on August 2nd, and whilst a 1-0 defeat to Burnley seems a respectable result, the fact that nine trialists were in the playing squad is a major cause for concern.

Club owner Karl Oyston has done little to satiate the needs of the team, limiting the funds available for both training facilities and the rebuilding of the playing squad. And it is the playing squad that needs the most work, with just 15 players signed to the club - including no goalkeeper.

With the Seasiders set to open their Championship campaign on Saturday at Nottingham Forest, the lack of a recognised goalkeeper should have been addressed a long time ago. Whilst a host of outfield players have been brought in for free - with Donervon Daniels also arriving on loan from West Bromwich Albion - a goalkeeper is still absent, and it appears as if Riga is searching for a loan to come in before the season starts.

Quoted on VitalWigan, the Sunday People reported that Wigan's 21-year old keeper Lee Nicholls could be set to join Blackpool on a temporary deal. Whilst it would act as a stopgap for the opening weeks of the season, hopes of surviving in the Championship with a rivals third choice keeper as your shot stopper are incredibly low.

The situation looks bleak for Jose Riga and Blackpool at the current moment in time, and if their goalkeeping problem is not solved in the next few days, the season may continue in much the same manner.

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