Blackpool favourite Jordan Gabriel linked with surprise move to Championship newcomers Burnley

Championship newcomers Burnley have been linked with a surprise move for Blackpool defender Jordan Gabriel.

Sunday, 12th June 2022, 7:52 am

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Journalist Alan Nixon claims Burnley’s prospective new boss Vincent Kompany is targeting Gabriel as a potential replacement for Welsh international Connor Roberts, who has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

Kompany has yet to be formally announced as Burnley’s manager due to work permit delays, but it’s understood to be a formality.

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Gabriel is a key member of Blackpool’s squad and has made himself a firm fans’ favourite since moving to Bloomfield Road at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The right-back initially joined on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest, competing with Ollie Turton during Blackpool’s promotion-winning season in League One.

Gabriel made 35 appearances that term, scoring once, as he helped Neil Critchley’s side reach the Championship via the play-offs.

The Seasiders then brought the former Arsenal youngster back to the Fylde coast on a permanent deal last summer, tying him down to a four-year contract with the option to extend by 12 months.

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While the fee was undisclosed, it was rumoured at the time it was worth in the region of £700,000, although it likely included various add-ons and clauses.

Gabriel was limited to just 21 appearances last season due to injuries, with his campaign being cut short in April when he suffered a hamstring injury during the defeat to West Brom.

It was the 23-year-old’s second hamstring injury in as many months, having also been sidelined at the start of March.

He battled it out with Dujon Sterling for the right-back spot last season before his teammate returned to parent club Chelsea.