Blackpool are currently waiting on the Premier League’s decision as to whether they will be permitted to sign a goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal due to their current injury crisis.
The Tangerines have only Ghana international ‘keeper Richard Kingson available at this time, with both Paul Rachubka and Matthew Gilks are currently out injured. Former Manchester United youth player Rachubka is thought to be out for around six months, although there is no confirmation of the full extent of the one-time England under 21 international at this time, while Gilks will be out for at least a further six weeks with a knee problem.
Premier League rules do not allow for clubs to sign players, either permanently or on loan, outside of the two transfer windows, however they are allowed to give permission under exceptional circumstances for loan signings to be made at other times. This has been the case with goalkeepers on a number of occasions, including when Manchester City took the then Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop on loan for the final three matches of last season, while Liverpool also took then Southampton and Wales stopper Paul Jones on loan for two matches in 2004.
The Premier League are yet to make a decision on whether Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will be permitted to make a loan signing, however precedent is definitely in pace for a loan to be allowed. However, what could also be considered by the Premier League is the fact that the transfer window has only just closed and Blackpool could well have made a signing in this period.
Furthermore Blackpool are currently appealing the Premier League’s decision for fielding an under strength line-up earlier in the season against Aston Villa. If their appeal fails the club will be required to pay the £25,000 handed down by the league.
Blackpool will be hoping the Premier League allows them to sign a goalkeeper on short term loan, with their only fit goalkeeper other than Kingson being 21 year old Mark Halstead who is currently on loan at Kettering Town.
With the club currently in 15th place in the Premier League with 28 points from 25 matches, their next match is against Aston Villa on 12 February.