TONY McMahon is in line for a permanent switch to Valley Parade once the dust settles at Blackpool.

Phil Parkinson is keen to add his versatility and experience to the squad after the 29-year-old caught the eye on loan at the end of last season.

He has opened talks with the player, who started City's final four games, and is confident that a deal will be done.

Former Blackpool skipper McMahon is not being retained by the crisis-hit Tangerines, who are currently down to eight senior players and no manager.

Parkinson said: "I would like to keep Tony if I can. I thought he did very well and showed his versatility and he has good football intelligence.

"I've spoken to Tony and to his agent and we're looking to do something at some point.

"Obviously with the things going on behind the scenes at Blackpool, that's put contract discussions on hold. But I hope we can sort things in the not too distant future."

Parkinson's search for a second goalkeeper remains ongoing after losing out to Wigan on Walsall's Richard O'Donnell.

He is likely to explore both permanent and loan options but is uncertain whether Jordan Pickford would be available to take from Sunderland again.

"I'm not sure what they will do with Jordan, whether they send him out again or keep him as the number two," said the Bantams boss.

"He has had that taste of playing now, so it's going to be difficult. We'll have to what and see.

"At this stage we're speaking to a number of players in a lot of positions. But we've already got a very good keeper in Ben Williams.

"This time last year we didn't have a keeper signed and the goalkeeping coach situation wasn't resolved. Now we have Lee Butler under contract and Ben here, so we're ahead of that.

"We need one more keeper and we will look to get the best value."

Former Blackburn reserve stopper Matty Urwin has been released after failing to make a single appearance.