DJ CAMPBELL has droppped his biggest hint yet that he wants to leave Blackpool.
The 13-goal hitman held talks with the Pool boss and revealed his desire to carry on playing in the Premier League.
And with West Ham and Sunderland reported to be ready to pounce, it looks like the striker’s time on the Fylde coast could be coming to an end.
Campbell said: “I had a conversation with the manager and told him how I felt. He understands.
“He knows that at my age, with what I achieved during the season, he can’t really stand in my way.
“It’s not about money – I’m a human being with ambitions.”
The 29-year-old said his dream of realising those ambitions with the Seasiders had been dashed by relegation. Campbell moved to Bloomfield Road last August from Leicester City, following two loan spells, and took the top flight by storm.
But Pool’s relegation activated a £1.25m release clause in his contract and there is no shortage of clubs interested in his signature.
He added: “I think I’ve proved any doubters wrong. I always believed in my ability. I got 13 goals, all from open play, and should have had more. I wasn’t intimidated by anyone.
“Maybe when I was in the Premier League the previous time with Birmingham (2006-7) I was a bit star-struck for a few months, but I felt comfortable this time.
“Scoring against Newcastle in my first game for the club in the Premier League took the pressure off and the victories over Liverpool were fantastic, especially the home game – the atmosphere was buzzing.
“I just told myself to be my normal self and show everyone I could do it at this level, and I think I did that.
“When you come into professional football the route I did (Campbell was a non-league player until 2005), you savour that sort of stuff because maybe you didn’t think it would ever happen.”
The news will come as a huge blow to Pool supporters, who hold Campbell in such high regard. And the feeling appears to be mutual.
He added: “Blackpool’s been great. I love the fans, the staff and everything about the place.
“But I think people realise that if I want to take my career on and play for England I have to be in the Premier League. I was sick when we lost at Manchester United and got relegated, and when we had our awards night the day after it was very emotional.
“There were a lot of tears because people realised some of us were probably leaving and it could be the end of an era.
“Whatever the future holds, though, nobody connected with Blackpool will ever forget last season.”