Notts County trying to wheel and deal before loan deadline
NOTTS County are trying to do some wheeling and dealing before the loan deadline on Thursday.
The Magpies are already looking strong in seventh place in League One ahead of facing Preston North End at Deepdale tonight (7.45pm).
But boss Keith Curle is still eager to strengthen his squad even more – and says players could also leave Meadow Lane as he juggles his budget.
It does not look like defender Ashley Eastham will be making a quick return to Notts from Blackpool, however.
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"Everyone knows our search for players is ongoing," said Curle. "We're always on the lookout for any player we think we can bring into the club to improve us.
"But we might need to free up a little bit of space in the budget, so there might be some movement in the other direction as well, with players going out, if we get the right offer.
"We won't stand in anyone's way if they have got an opportunity to go and play on a regular basis if they're not getting that here."
Centre-back Eastham, 21, spent a month on loan with the Magpies, playing four league games.
Notts wanted to extend his stay but new Blackpool boss Michael Appleton wanted him back at Bloomfield Road to assess whether he is going to fit into his plans at the Championship club.
"He's vying for a place at Blackpool at the minute so it's something we'll have to keep our eyes on," added Curle.
"Squad-wise we're not bad, but we still need two, probably three, players."