Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon is poised for discussions with Blackpool midfielder Barry Ferguson over a short-term loan move to the Highbury Stadium.

Last week Ferguson expressed his desire to leave Bloomfield Road in search of first-team football and a short trip up the Fylde coast could be his surprise first port of call.

"There is still a lot needed to be done before it happens, but I have spoken to Ian Holloway - now I need to speak to Barry Ferguson to see how he feels," Mellon told the Blackpool Gazette. "Obviously, when a player of that calibre may be available, you have to be interested."

And Holloway revealed Ferguson will be free to leave during the January transfer window if his spell in npower League Two is successful, following discussions with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.

"We are hopeful he will go on a short-term loan to our local neighbours," he said. "My chairman dealt with it in a really good way and we've come to a really good solution. It was the chairman's idea and it looks like it will be a good resolution for everyone.

"He'll go on a short-term loan and Karl has said he can have a free. That's a big statement for a player he spent £750,000 on. He wants to prove to people that he can still play every week and this is a win-win situation for everyone."