Gilks linked with Clarets move

Gilks - on the move?
Gilks - on the move?
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Goalkeeper Matt Gilks has been strongly linked with Premier League newcomers Burnley as Blackpool face a difficult task to hold on to their number one

The 32-year-old is now officially a free agent after his Seasiders contract ran out on Monday night.

Gilks has spent the past six seasons at Bloomfield Road and has an offer on the table to extend his stay, though the Scotland international is expected to wait on other offers before commiting himself.

Last week the stopper was been linked with Watford, following the Hornets’ swoop for former Pool defender Craig Cathcart.

The Gazette understands new manager Jose Riga has no wish to lose Gilks and would also like to retain the services of midfielder Angel Martinez.

The only other out-of-contract player to have been offered a new Pool deal is Tom Ince, who is being hotly pursued by Hull City.

The Seasiders are entitled to a transfer fee as the winger is under-23, and it has been reported that the Premier League Tigers are prepared to make a cash offer to avoid having the fee set by FA tribunal.

Pool have only seven senior players signed for next season and it is unclear whether pre-season training will begin this week, as originally planned.