International Transfer Deadline Day round-up for Lancashire clubs

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Football at Steps 3-6 have been curtailed by the FA since January. Credit: Kelvin Stuttard, Pixabay

Burnley retained the services of centre-back James Tarkowski while Blackpool sealed two defensive signings on the first of two transfer deadline days for our Lancashire sides.

Monday’s 11pm deadline saw the cut-off for international transfers and moves between clubs in England’s top-flight.

Football League clubs can still make domestic singings and Premier League teams can buy players from the lower leagues until 5pm on Friday 16th October however.

Tarkowski had been the focus of interest from Premier League rivals West Ham and Leicester, with both reportedly tabling offers of up to £30 million.

The Clarets’ only deadline day action though was the addition of French U19 midfielder Anthony Gomez from Ligue 1 outfit Angers, who will join their U23 set-up.

Blackpool were the most active of the local sides, adding two defenders to Neil Critchley’s ranks.

Icelandic international Daníel Grétarsson joined from Norwegian side Aaelsunds FK on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking to the club’s media, Grétarsson said: “English football is very big in Iceland and it’s one of the best countries in the world to play the game.

“I remember Blackpool from when they played in the Premier League ten years ago and it was very special to watch.”

The Tangerines also secured the loan signing of 21-year-old Daniel Ballard from Arsenal.

In Non-League, AFC Fylde continued their summer spending spree by signing 26-year-old central midfielder Liam Nolan, who had a two-year spell at Accrington Stanley earlier in his career.

Nolan adds experience to the squad having won two promotions – firstly with Stanley and then Salford – as the Coasters aim to return to the National League at the first time of asking.

Focus for our local sides now turns to next Friday’s deadline with the next ten days providing the last chance to strengthen for the 2020/21 season.