Angel to be offered new Pool deal

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Jose Riga will offer Angel Martinez a new contract at Blackpool.

The Blackpool boss spent his first full day at Bloomfield Road considering the club’s out-of-contract players and transfer targets.

Riga was locked in a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston and club secretary Chris Hough all morning before spending the afternoon speaking to players he would like to bring to the club.

One player the Belgian would like to return is midfielder Martinez, who is enjoying his summer break in his Spanish homeland.

The 28-year-old told The Gazette last month he would love to stay on the Fylde coast for a fourth season and he was contacted yesterday about a new deal.

The Spaniard was one of the eight out-of-contract players with whom Pool stated they would like to discuss new contracts, though only defender Tony McMahon has so far signed.

Three of them, Chris Basham (Sheffield United), Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe) and now Craig Cathcart (Watford, see below) have signed for other clubs before being offered any terms at Pool. Isaiah Osbourne is highly unlikely to return, though keeper Matt Gilks is believed to be in talks with the club.

One player whose future remains up in the air is Thomas Ince. The 22-year-old winger is out of contract, having spent the second half of the season on loan at Premier League club Crystal Palace.

Blackpool have offered the England U21 star a deal which would more than triple his wages at Bloomfield Road, though it remains highly unlikely he will accept.

Ince wishes to join a Premier League club and has spoken to several, though they would have to pay around £5m to secure his services.

In a busy first full day at the club, Riga also put plans in place for the start of pre-season training next week.

The Gazette understands an overseas training camp in mid-July will include two matches, with local friendlies being arranged before and after the trip.