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Blackpool seal Reid signing

Blackpool have confirmed the signing of midfielder Andy Reid from Sunderland for an undisclosed amount.

The English Premier League club have been one of the big movers on Monday’s transfer deadline day, swooping on Reid and reportedly fielding offers from Liverpool and Manchester United for captain Charlie Adam.

The Lancashire club are also believed to be close to a deal for James Beattie, with the former England and now Rangers striker reportedly undergoing a medical at Bloomfield Road.

Republic of Ireland international Reid has signed a contract for the remainder of the season, having made 78 appearances for the Black Cats following a move from Charlton Athletic in January 2008.

The 28-year-old could make a valuable contribution as a creative playmaker in Ian Holloway’s side – especially if Blackpool lose Adam – and the Tangerines boss was thrilled to have snared his man.

“I’ve just met him and had a chat with him,” Holloway said of Reid.

“I think he will be perfect for us, a little dinky-do football player and we’ll have him and it won’t take me long to get him going.”

“I think he has gone for about 12 million pounds in the past, so that is not a bad take for us, I don’t believe.”

Holloway also hinted Blackpool could be making further moves before the transfer window slams shut at 2300GMT.

“The wheels are on the go but I can’t really disclose that yet,” Holloway said.

“They can change direction very quickly and end up going somewhere else on this crazy day because everybody wants a bag of carrots and they might be a bag of carrots, if you know what I mean.”

“We have managed to grab one, thanks Andy, that’ll do. As far as I’m concerned there are two more definitely travelling down, definitely, but that could end up horribly.”

Mon 31 January, 2011
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