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3 players linked with Blackpool who could realistically sign this summer

Blackpool were left shaken by the unexpected departure of manager Neil Critchley this summer, and the second coming of Michael Appleton may mean delayed recruitment.

Appleton’s fresh ideas and style compared to Critchley’s means that any work towards acquiring players may have been dismissed as the Salford-born coach attempts to make his mark on the Seasiders’ squads.

The Tangerines are bracing themselves for inevitable interest in crucial asset Josh Bowler, but the potential sale of the 23-year-old would significantly boost the club’s budget.

But who will be the first face through the door at Bloomfield Road?

We have looked at those linked with Blackpool and could realistically sign for the club this summer…

Anthony Scully

If Bowler were to depart the West Lancashire side, they would need reinforcements in the flanks, and Appleton is reportedly interested in bringing Scully from his former team Lincoln City.

The London-born Irish Youth international has become a significant threat in the forward areas for the Imps after moving from West Ham in 2020.

Scully has scored 33 times and assisted on 17 occasions, which has caught the eye of clubs at a higher level, but the appeal of working with his former boss may swing the chance of attaining the wingers’ services in the Seasiders’ favour.

Jarrad Branthwaite

Branthwaite is no stranger to temporary spells in Lancashire after enjoying time on loan with Blackburn Rovers during the 2020/21 season, and Bloomfield Road is a rumoured destination for the Cumbrian.

The elegant centre-back made his name at Carlisle United, where he impressed for a struggling team, which led to Everton paying an undisclosed fee said to be around the £1million for the youngster.

An opportunity for Branthwaite to learn off seasoned Championship campaigner Richard Keogh could be a plus in the minds of the hierarchy at the Toffees.

Charlie Kirk

Kirk was on loan with the Tangerines during the second half of the last campaign, and reports suggest that the club want to make the deal permanent this summer.

The Crewe Alexandra academy graduate has failed to nail a place down at parent-side Charlton Athletic after his transfer to the Addicks in 2021.

Blackpool are said to be discouraged by the £500,000 asking price for Kirk, but this will not deter the Seasiders from negotiating further if they are intent on securing the skilful winger.

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