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Blackpool make two loan signings

Liam Dickinson
Dickinson scored six goals in 13 games on loan at Huddersfield

Derby County striker Liam Dickinson and West Ham winger Kyel Reid have signed one-month loan deals with Championship side Blackpool.

Both will stay at Bloomfield Road until 1 January to gain more first-team football experience.

Manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire Dickinson's signature would add strength to his forward line.

"We just needed another option up front with Stephen McPhee being out injured at present," said Grayson.

Reid, 21, came through the youth system at Upton Park and has made just one senior appearance.

Dickinson, 23, moved to Pride Park in the summer from Stockport and has just returned from loan at Huddersfield.

I watched him many times last year, he's a player who can give us something different

Simon Grayson on Kyel Reid

"We are grateful to both clubs for allowing us to take these players for a month and I am sure the two signings will improve us and make it more competitive for places," said the Blackpool boss.

"We also looked at Liam in the summer but once Derby got involved it was going to be too expensive for us.

"He's a big strong lad, a hungry young player and works the channels, we just hope it works out for him here," added Grayson.

And Grayson said he is equally delighted with the capture of Reid.

"He has good pace and delivery into the box and is a player I tried to get last year on numerous occasions, but West Ham wouldn't let him out on loan," he said.

"He's been on their bench a lot this year in the Premier League and I think he could do well while he is with us.

"I watched him many times last year, he's a player who can give us something different in certain areas of the field," he added.

Both players go straight into the Seasiders' squad for Saturday's trip to Plymouth.

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see also
Terriers extend Dickinson spell
22 Oct 08 |  Huddersfield
Dickinson rejuvenated by Terriers
03 Oct 08 |  Huddersfield


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