Seasiders admit Pompey bid for Evatt

Ian Evatt has signed a new two-year deal with Blackpool
Ian Evatt has signed a new two-year deal with Blackpool
Pompey celebrate their second goal at Fleetwood. Picture: Mark Robinson

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Blackpool have revealed they had to ward off strong Pompey interest to keep Ian Evatt.

The central defender penned a new two-year Bloomfield Road deal at the end of last week.

That ended the Blues’ interest in the 29-year-old, who played every match in the Seasiders’ maiden Premier League season.

Pompey are understood to have offered in the region for £900,000 for Evatt.

That prompted chairman Karl Oyston to act fast.

The bid was turned down and Evatt was instead presented with a fresh contract as Blackpool sought to hang on to their asset.

Now Pompey are looking for other defensive recruits.

Oyston said: ‘I’m delighted to be able to give the manager what he was asking me for, which is stability and trying to keep as many of the players together as we possibly could.

‘That includes heading off a bid from Portsmouth for Ian Evatt.

‘We’ve said all along that stability is very important and that’s why we are so pleased we persuaded Matt Gilks and Stephen Crainey to stay.

‘We’ve effectively got the same defence we’ve had for the past couple of years.’

Blackpool initially slapped a £3m price tag on Evatt following interest from Pompey.

In the end, though, the defender committed himself through a new deal.

Cotterill told The News last week how he wants another central defender to add to his squad.

That is in addition to Jason Pearce and Greg Halford.