Fleetwood join Fowler race

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FLEETWOOD Town would be delighted to welcome Liverpool great Robbie Fowler to Highbury if the striker can’t agree a deal with Blackpool.

The former England hitman, who has been training with the Seasiders but can’t as yet agree terms, has been linked with several clubs in national newspapers, including Hull, Doncaster ... and Fleetwood.

And ambitious Town chairman Andy Pilley, whose side are sitting pretty at the top of the Conference, did nothing to play down the speculation.

Pilley told The Gazette: “It is very pleasing to be linked with such a prestigious player and to think that he may consider Fleetwood Town.

“He is a top-class player who has played at the very highest level and it would be very exciting if we could get something sorted out ... but it’s a big ‘if’.”

Asked if Town had actually held talks with Fowler or his representatives, Pilley added: “I think it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has set a weekend deadline for the Fowler issue to be resolved. “We’ve hit a bit of a brick wall,” he said but intended holding further talks with the 37-year-old yesterday.

Fleetwood are hardly struggling for firepower – strikers Andy Mangan and Jamie Vardy have more than 40 goals between them for Town this season – but signing Fowler from under Blackpool’s noses would be a huge coup for a club on course for League Two football next season.

Both Mangan and Vardy scored late on as Town came from behind to beat Grimsby 2-1 on Tuesday.

That extended their unbeaten run in the Blue Square Bet Premier to 21 games, with ten wins out of 11 in 2012.

Chairman Pilley couldn’t be happier, adding: “To score late goals is the mark of champions and we were deserving winners in a tough game.

“It was a case of something having to give and I thought we finished very strongly. The pressure was relentless and we got a fantastic winning goal.”