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Blackpool sign quintet ahead of Premier League debut

Marlon Harewood
Harewood formerly played for Aston Villa and West Ham

Blackpool have signed frontman Marlon Harewood to complete a remarkable day of transfer activity that saw five new arrivals join the Seasiders.

Free agent Harewood, 30, has signed a two-year-deal ahead of Blackpool's Premier League debut season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart, 21, joined for an undisclosed fee.

And the Seasiders also acquired French trio Ludovic Sylvestre, 26, Elliot Grandin, 22, and Malaury Martin, 21.

Ex-Barcelona trainee Sylvestre joins from Czech side Mlada Boleslav, former Marseille player Grandin from CSKA Sofia and Martin was last with Monaco.

Cathcart never played for United's first team but spent time on loan at Royal Antwerp, Watford and Plymouth.

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Midfielder Sylvestre has also played for Sparta Prague and has signed a two-year deal at Bloomfield Road with an option for a third year, as has winger Grandin.

Fellow midfielder Martin is a former French youth international and has signed a one-year deal after impressing on trial following his release by Monaco.

Harewood impressed on a recent trial with the club, whose players were only given their bonuses for winning promotion from the Championship on Tuesday.

Blackpool's Premier League opener is at Wigan.

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