Category: Transfer News

Six players Blackpool should sign this summer

Last season was a bitter-sweet for Blackpool. On the one hand, they won their first promotion since that glorious Wembley victory over Cardiff in 2010. On the other, there were around 35k fewer fans in London to see it. Many boycotted the best moment of the season in order to protest, understandably, against the Oyston regime. The spirit and camaraderie within the dressing room remained strong however – and these are six players who could improve the Seasiders’ squad ahead of the 17/18 League One campaign.


Scott Wharton

Gary Bowyer has spent 11 years of his career at Blackburn and would be foolish not to utilize his contacts at Ewood Park. If Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan stay with Rovers, or if another defender joins, they may be open to loaning out the 19-year-old, who recently impressed at Cambridge. Wharton may be deemed to be too young by Tony Mowbray but at Blackpool – who are 6/4 for relegation with Bet Ways as of the 11th July – more grounded expectations present a little more room for error. Tom Aldred’s move to Bury means Pool may require a centre-back, especially if Bowyer plans to use three at the back.

Demetri Mitchell

The wing-back system gives Kelvin Mellor and Andy Taylor the freedom to focus more on the attacking side of their game, the duo providing use width last term. Taylor though is 31 and there may be scope for Pool to upgrade on Colin Daniel as competition in this area. Mitchell has progressed steadily through the ranks at Manchester United in more than one position, having an impressive debut at left-back against Crystal Palace. The Red Devils may at a push be willing to let him go out on loan to a nearby League One club, although if they expected the 20-year-old to start every week, that would complicate matters with Taylor named captain.

Neil Danns

Aldred started as captain in the play-off final, but when he went off injured, Neil Danns took on the baton with some aplomb. The Bury loanee battled superbly in the second half, imposing his physicality to ensure Exeter passed sideways and never broke into the final third. The Seasiders will have similar tactical ambitions in a lot of their games this season, particularly away from home and a return for the experienced Danns – who has often played at Championship level – would help their cause.

John Welsh

If a deal for Danns cannot be reached, then perhaps John Welsh would be a good contingency option. His defensive discipline was key to Preston North End’s promotion in 2015, particularly in the crucial play-off games. Blackpool need a holding midfielder with Jim McAlister their only option at present. While signing a player from the Lilywhites may not seem attractive, it’s worth pointing out that the likes of Tony Ellis and Brett Omerod made themselves cult heroes at Bloomfield Road.

George Moncur

Barnsley are reportedly interested in Brad Potts, who combined well with Mark Cullen for numerous goals in the play-offs according to Soccer Base. Should the Tykes show desperation to sign the 23-year-old, Bowyer may sense an opportunity. He could demand a player plus cash deal involving George Moncur, who is the same age and does a similar job to Potts but has arguably done it at a higher level, with a better goalscoring record to boot. The signings of McGeehan and courting of Potts may make Moncur feel uneasy about his position at Oakwell and Blackpool could take advantage.

Mark Bunn


Reports suggest Aston Villa had shown interest in Bright Osayi-Samuel, who caught the eye with his impressive solo goal at Newport. While the inside forward did well last season, he only started 13 times and may not fit smoothly into a first eleven which will include two out-and-out strikers and an attack-minded midfielder. Pool could use the youngster as a bargaining tool for getting Mark Bunn. The goalkeeper has only started 15 league games out of a possible 84 at Villa and having possibly met Bowyer in his time at Blackpool, he may be willing to drop down a league to get regular games. This may be harsh on summer signing Ben Williams, but Myles Boney needs to prove himself lower down the pyramid before becoming second choice at this level.

The aforementioned sextet may be slightly ambitious, but Blackpool already have 28 senior professionals on their books, so any new signings must improve the quality of their first eleven.

Michael Chopra and Steve Davies

You wait all summer for some transfer news and then it all kicks off when you go on holiday!

Great news over the past couple of days with two strikers coming into the club, Michael Chopra and Steve Davies.

Chopra of course is well know to everyone and if he can concentrate on the football could be a 20+ goals striker in the Championship with the right service. I can see him playing the middle role of the front three if we continue playing in that style. He could also drop off a little, depends if he still wants to play on the shoulder of the defenders.

Chopra will wear the number 8 shirt, the club did a quick interview with a competition to win a signed shirt on YouTube.

The second signing I’m really impressed with, Steve Davies from Bristol City and formally of Derby. He’s had a knack of scoring against us in the past. Last season he grabbed 13 goals for Bristol City.

Davies seems more suited to the central striker role, more of a target man. As for our formation up front it could start with Ince on the right, Davies in the middle with Chopra on the left if we play three upfront.

Attacking wise are options are looking good, even with Matty Phillips out with a broken arm and with not being 100% sure that Tom Ince will stay. We also have Bobby Grant who could be a good addition from the bench.

There’s still progress to be made, specifically a right-back, left-back and a centre-half. With maybe an attacking midfielder. Any other additions would be back up players.

Two names we are being linked with today are Stephen Hunt who was released by Wolves and Matt Mills the defender from Bolton.

Interesting times!

All quiet at Bloomfield Road

Quiet day on the transfer front with nothing much happening at Blackpool. The only official news out of the club was two more pre-season friendlies, Kendal on Tuesday 16 July and Witton Albion on Thursday 18 July. Both evening games that will kick-off at 7.30pm. There’s also a behind-closed-doors fixture this Saturday against a League Two side.

For us exiles there was also a chance to read Matt Williams column in the evening gazette. It revealed we were really close to signing Danny Haynes who was at Charlton, but it appeared he wanted to stay in London.


Pool in for Stephen Gleeson

Sky Sports have linked us with Stephen Gleeson currently of the MK Dons, Ince brought Gleeson on loan to MK Dons from Wolves. Gleeson went on to sign permanently just before Ince’s second stint as manager.

The 24-year-old plays in midfield and made two appearances for the Republic of Ireland. He’s got one year left on his contract and his highly rated, he likes a pop and goal and scored a number of long-range efforts for the Dons.

His best possibly this one against AFC Wimbledon in the F.A. Cup.

I can’t see MK Dons giving him up with a fight.

£14 Million for Tom Ince

With Tom Ince back into the country after the under-21-championship it’s expected that bids will start to come in. The list of interested clubs is as long as my arm.

The latest to be linked is Crystal Palace who are looking for a replacement for Wilf Zaha. I’m not sure of the source but a price tag of £14 million had been put on Ince’a head to warn off any silly offers of 4 to 5 million.

I don’t think that we’ll get 14 for him considering he only has a year left on his contract. But with Liverpool having a sell on fee its best to aim high, not that we’ll ever see any of the money invested into the team!

The coming week should be interesting, the fixtures are out and the team is back in training. The interesting part will be who will show up for training, Crainey, GTF, Fergerson and Broadfoot are yet to sign and there could be some trialists.

If the above don’t sign and there are no trialists there will just be enough players for a game of five-a-side! Only at Blackpool FC.

Crainey To Birmingham?

One player yet to decide his future is Stephen Crainey who has been offered a new contract but is yet to sign. Oyston who spoke to the Gazette the other day indicated he would be willing to play a waiting game with players looking for a better deal. It appears that Birmingham are going to make an offer to Crainey.

Neil Eardley has already moved to Birmingham earlier in the summer and secured a three-year-deal. It looks like that could be a sticking point for Crainey who at 32 would probably be offered a year-long deal by Blackpool, but could be looking for an extended two-year deal which he might get at Birmingham.

All great news eh! Season ticket turned up this morning too.


Pool heading down the drain

Nothing really happening  in the transfer market. The mood around the club at the moment has been summed up in an excellent article on ESPN. Written by Richard JollyPool heading down the drain is a great read from a outsiders perspective.

The article painted a bleak future of the club next season due to the exodus of players this summer. It pointed out the frugal nature of Karl Oyston, although putting us on a sound financial footings could also have a negative effect.

Spending has its perils, but spendthrifts can suffer in a different way.

Do have a read.

Some good news which could spark a transfer-merry-go-round is Derby securing the transfer of striker Johnny Russell from Dundee United. The 23-year-old, scored 20 goals in 38 games last season and signed for £750,000. This could start the move for Goodwillie who is wanted by Dundee United, however it appears we are also in the running for the Scottish striker. A move could be on the cards soon.

Grass is growing – Still no players to play on it

The grass is growing, that’s all there is to talk about. No joke – no news of new players, or players on trail or pre-season games, just that the grass in growing.

In a couple of tweets this morning the club confirmed the grass had started to grow and that 3g astroturf is to be laid around the edge of the pitches now.


Meanwhile Leeds have snatched up Matt Smith from Oldham. The striker did well in last years FA cup playing the target man role well, however has only bagged 14 goals in 75 appearances.

The only player news concerning ourselves is with Goodwillie from Blackburn who looked to be joining Dundee United last week. It appears we’ve added our names to the hat, however with a season-long loan.

Fixtures are out next week, on Wednesday 19th at 9am. That should give us something to talk about.

England out – Ince to decide soon

England’s under-21s lost last night meaning an Tom Ince move could be on the cards sooner than expected. Ince stated that no move would be sorted until the European Championships were over, the 3-1 defeat to Norway last night means there’s only one remaining game against the hosts Israel on Tuesday.

It looks like the first bid for Ince could be from Crystal Palace who are said to be ready to table a £4 million bid.

A really good blog from Spurs site Captain Cartilage mentioned the Palace bid, originally reported by The Sun. It also reiterated the view that Tom Ince isn’t good enough for any of the top Premier League sides, or the Sky Six as they put it (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd & City) and will end up at a smaller Premier League side.

Meanwhile back on the Fylde Coast Paul Ince stated the obvious about the training facilities. Understanding that a new training ground is far away, or out of the question. Ince is looking to make some smaller improvements to the current setup at squires gate. Talking to the Gazette .

“In the meantime, while we are at Squires Gate it’s important we make it as professional and homely as we can.

“That’s going to be our home from Monday to Friday each week. At the moment, for me it’s not very good.”

Which all sounds very much like Oyston is able to make some short-term fixes and then not commit to a date on a new training ground.

A couple of days ago Millwall announced that Steve Lomas would be taking up the position left by Kenny Jackett. The former West Ham midfielder had been managing north of the border with St. Johnstone.

A cluster of Championship clubs are interested in striker Sylan Ebanks-Blake. Middlesbrough, Leicester and Palace are interested in the striker who spend the end of the season with Wolves on the sideline with a broken leg.

Another Championship striker Kevin Davies who left Bolton is currently being linked with Sheffield Wednesday, but also to Sunderland. Ourselves, Wolves and Hull have also been linked with the one cap England forward.

One team in a similar situation to us (having no players) is Watford. The losing play-off finalists released 7 players last week, and with most of their squad having been made up of loan players they now have a squad of only 15.

Last week a change in the rules was put forward to restrict the number of international loan players to 5. This was after Watford’s squad was made up of 10 plus players from their sister clubs.

Included the 7 released players were midfielder Mark Yeates and Stephen McGinn. Contracts have been offered to five players who were out of contract. Almunia, Jonathan Bond, Fitz Hall, Lloyd Doyley and John Eustace.

Adding a further complexity to the situation is the club is still under a transfer embargo due to dodgy goings on under the last owners. Transfers will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis. All of which will make it difficult for the Hornets to be competitive from day one next season.

Tom Ince to decide future after the Under-21 Championships

After paper talk yesterday regarding Tom Ince and a possible move to Cardiff, the midfielder was interviewed by the national press as part of the build up to tonight’s England under-21s game against Norway. Ince, who missed out on the first game due to a one match suspension reiterated that no decisions would be made until the tournament was over.

“I have had a big two years of football that’s brought me to where I am now – it’s got me a place in the Under-21 team, it’s got the media talking about me, which is flattering. But it’s about making the right move at the right time. There’s no point in going somewhere and stopping your development. I’m going to sit down after the Euros – touch wood we will get to the final and even win the thing – and club football will be what I speak to dad about. If I stay at Blackpool, then great. But if it’s time to move on, I’ll move on.

It’s clear to me that he’ll only move to a club where he can play games. Liverpool are said to be interested, but would he be able to play on a regular basis? If not, I don’t think he’ll move. However if Swansea, Fulham or Newcastle make an offer it could be a move he’ll take. If that move isn’t on now he’ll wait to January.


Ince should hopefully start in tonight’s game which kicks off at 5pm and is on Sky Sports 2.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Reading picked up Wayne Bridge from Manchester City. Daryl Murphy joined Ipswich, who’ve already signed Jay Tabb and David McGoldrick.

The BBC published a nice list of all the players released from Premier League Clubs, some of them will have been snapped up already, some may retire.

Chelsea: Amin Affane, Yossi Benayoun, Abdul Deen-Conteh, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Archange Nkumu, Ross Turnbull

Everton: Johan Hammar, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Sam Kelly, Jan Mucha, Phil Neville

Fulham: Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Mahamadou Diarra, Thomas Donegan, Corey Gameiro, Georgios Karagkounis, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Alex Smith, Csaba Somogyi

Liverpool: Tyrell Belford, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Stephens, Dan Wilson

Manchester City: Wayne Bridge, Filippo Mancini, Ryan McGivern, Roque Santa Cruz, Kolo Toure

Manchester United: Reece Brown, John Cofie, Michele Fornasier, Luke Giverin, Luke Hendrie, Luke McCullough, Paul Scholes, Gyliano Van Velzen, Freddie Veseli

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Yven Moyo, Danny Simpson

Reading: Nick Bignall, Simon Church, Ian Harte, Noel Hunt, Charlie Losasso, Angus MacDonald, Alex Pearce, Nicky Shorey, Jay Tabb, Joshua Webb, Brett Williams

Swansea: Mark Gower

Tottenham Hotspur: Jack Barthram, David Bentley, John Bostock, William Gallas, Jack Munns, Jake Nicholson

West Bromwich Albion: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Zoltan Gera, Gonzalo Jara, Romaine Sawyers, Jerome Thomas

West Ham: Cole Carlton, Jake Larkins, Gary O’Neil, Jack Powell, Jami Rafati, Eoin Wearen.

Wigan: Peter Aylmer, Albert Crusat, Franco Di Santo, David Jones, Adrian Lopez, Jonathan Lynch, Callum Morris, Filip Orsula, Ronnie Stam, Joshua Sumner, Ryan Watson.

From that long list I’ve picked my best 11. Bit of a mixed bunch really!

  1. GK Steve Harper
  2. LB Ian Harte
  3. RF Danny Simpson
  4. CB Kolo Toure
  5. CB Chris Baird
  6. LW Zoltan Gera
  7. CM Gary O’Neil
  8. CM Yossi Benayoun
  9. RW Florent Malouda
  10. FW Cole Carlton
  11. FW Roque Santa Cruz