Blackpool already got the majority of its transfer business done ahead of the 2021/22 season, with Neil Critchley adding no fewer than eight new signings this summer.
The former Liverpool U23 head coach led Seasiders back to the Premier League in his first full season in senior management, and owner Simon Sadler has helped him move the club forward.
Critchley has made some smart deals with Callum Connolly and Josh Bowler, both of Everton-based, while the backline has been expanded to include experience with Richard Keogh of Huddersfield Town.
It doesn’t look like Blackpool’s inbound deal is closed this summer – let’s round up the latest news from Bloomfield Road to see who might be coming before the season’s start date on August 7th.
Gabriel Prize set by Forest
After a successful loan from the club last season, in which he fought for a right-back with Ollie Turton, Jordan Gabriel is wanted by Blackpool, but this time permanently by Nottingham Forest.
Alan Nixon reported last week that an offer had been made to the 22-year-old, but League One’s Sunderland is also said to be in the running for Gabriel, according to Football Insider.
Gabriel has been priced at £ 600,000, according to the Nottingham Post, so his suitors now know what to afford in order for the Tricky Trees to part – though they may have to wait for either side as Forest wants a replacement in the first.
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Man from Leicester before Seasiders trial
It’s not just a right-back Blackpool needs after Turton’s exit, and Critchley was exploring another possible option against Carlisle United this weekend when Leicester City’s Mitch Clark played League Two for 45 minutes.
The 22-year-old was on loan at Port Vale for the third time in his career last season before returning to the Foxes’ U23 squad and playing in the Premier League 2.
Clark can also play as a center-back and could be out on loan for a season if he impresses Critchley enough, but it looks like Gabriel is the number one target.
Yates ends transfer speculation with new deal
After being linked with several championship clubs earlier this summer, Jerry Yates dashed all speculation about his immediate future by signing a new deal on Bloomfield Road.
The 24-year-old was not only a goal machine in League One last season after scoring 21 goals, but also eight assists, which led players like Nottingham Forest and West Brom to multi-million pound deals for were interested in him.
But a new three-year deal has now ruined any chance of a move and he can now focus on scoring the goals to keep the club in the championship for the next season.