Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer has admitted that he is interested in striker Mark Cullen and centre-back Ryan Edwards – who are out of contract at Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle respectively.

Bradford City are looking at a busy summer ahead of them, and manager Gary Bowyer is keen to bring in some new faces as they look to prepare for the 2019/20 League Two season.

Finances at Valley Parade are highly likely to limit the budget Bowyer will be able to work with in his first summer transfer window as Bantams manager, so he will have to be shrewd with some of the players he looks to bring in.

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One man who Bowyer has admitted to being interested in is Mark Cullen, who played under Bowyer at Blackpool. The striker will be leaving the Tangerines on a free transfer at the end of the season and the Bradford boss has said that they are interested in a possible move for him.

“He’s somebody I know and scored the winner for us at Wembley to clinch promotion,” Bowyer said.

“Cully is always going to have a special place in my heart because of what he did that season and that particular day. The poor lad has had a terrible time with injuries but that’s one that we’d certainly monitor.”

Bowyer went on to add that out of contract Plymouth Argyle defender Ryan Edwards is another he is keeping an eye on, but admitted that he doesn’t fancy their chances as he expects the centre-back to be attracting interest from better sides.

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“Ryan is a very good centre half and I would imagine he would have interest from higher than League Two with how he’s performed over the last couple of years.

“He has just kept getting better. But if there was ever a chance, we would certainly be interested for sure.”

Links have also emerged between Bradford City and Newcastle United youngster Matty Longstaff, but Bowyer moved quickly to dismiss any reported interest in the brother of Sean Longstaff – who joined Blackpool on loan under Bowyer’s management in the 2017/18 season.

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“I was at the game on Wednesday and obviously with my relationship with the family from working with Sean (Longstaff), somebody has put two and two together and got a lot more than four.

“Sean did fantastic for me at Blackpool and has kicked on. But to be fair, that was the first time I had seen his brother play. There has not been a single conversation about that.”


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