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Fowler training with Blackpool

March 1, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler is training with Blackpool with a view to joining the Championship club after approaching Tangerines boss Ian Holloway.

Robbie Fowler Blackburn
GettyImagesRobbie Fowler's last taste of English football was a short-lived spell with Blackburn Rovers in 2008

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Fowler, 36, has played in Australia and Thailand since leaving English football in 2008, following a brief spell with Blackburn.

Fowler was poised to join the new Premier League Soccer venture in India before the project ran into financial problems and on Thursday Blackpool confirmed he could be heading to Bloomfield Road after impressing boss Ian Holloway.

In a series of tweets on their official Twitter page, the club said: "Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has trained with the club today with a view to signing a permanent deal.

"No deal has yet been agreed but Ian Holloway revealed in his press conference that the striker has impressed and is close to full fitness.''

Blackpool face Hull on Friday night and the club distanced themselves from reports Fowler would sign in time to face a team managed by his former team-mate Nick Barmby.

They added: "Contrary to some reports, Fowler would not be available for Friday's game, should he sign a deal.''

Holloway believes Fowler still has the hunger to be a success in English football, saying: "It's brilliant to have someone like Robbie at the club. He looked terrific in training and I don't think he's that far away from being fully fit.''

Speaking to Blackpool's official website, Holloway added: "Has he got some quality, can he play a pass, can he score a goal? Yes he can. I still think he wants to play and he's got undoubted quality.''