Belfast Telegraph

Seasiders secure Carney capture

Blackpool may have trumped Tottenham for the latest transfer on deadline day after their last-minute swoop for Australia defender David Carney was cleared by the Premier League on Wednesday.

The Seasiders had been unsure whether they had completed the deal before the 6pm cut-off after Carney's former club FC Twente only e-mailed the required paperwork through minutes before the deadline.

Carney, 26, had already completed a medical and put pen to paper on a one-year deal, with an option for a further season, Tuesday afternoon but the deal remained on hold until the Premier League's clearance on Wednesday.

And while Spurs' similarly last-gasp signing of Holland international Rafael van der Vaart may have been more high profile, Blackpool secretary Matt Williams endured a no less hectic end to the transfer window.

"We got the e-mails back from FC Twente just before six so it was a mad dash to get them printed off and faxed over to the FA and Premier League," Williams told the club's website

"Fortunately the confirmation came through on Wednesday morning and I was delighted to tell the gaffer (Ian Holloway) and Carns that the move had been given the green light."


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