Seasiders sweat on Carney approval

The Tangerines were busy on transfer deadline day and are believed

to have sneaked through another deal, signing Carney for an

undisclosed fee. The versatile 26-year-old is thought to have

signed a one-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club,

with the option of a further year, although Blackpool are awaiting

confirmation the deal has gone through. Carney joined Dutch club FC

Twente last summer on a two-year deal after failing to establish

himself in the Championship with Sheffield United. League title The

former Everton trainee, who can play down either wing but

particularly the left, made eight substitute appearances as

ex-England boss Steve McClaren led Twente to the club’s first-ever

Eredivisie title. Carney did enough to earn a place in Australia’s

World Cup squad this summer and started their last two group games

in South Africa, taking his tally to 28 international appearances.

On his return to Holland, Carney started each of Twente’s first two

league games but was then dropped and has been allowed to have a

shot at the English top-flight as Twente have three other

left-sided players in Dwight Tiendalli, Nicky Kuiper and Bart

Buysse. After being released by Everton in 2003, Carney had short

stints with Oldham and Hamilton before returning to Australia with

Sydney FC, where he kick-started his career and earned a move to

Sheffield United in 2007. Blackpool also clinched the permanent

signing of Leicester striker DJ Campbell on deadline day while

signing young winger Matt Phillips from Wycombe for an initial fee

of £325,000.