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Blackpool in the hunt for free agent Ali Crawford

Crawford in action for Hamilton
Crawford in action for Hamilton

Blackpool are targeting a move for ex-Hamilton Academical midfielder Ali Crawford according to reports north of the border.

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The Seasiders are rumoured to be among the frontrunners for the free agent, who left Hamilton last month when his contract came to an end.

Motherwell, Hibernian and Dundee are also thought to be keen on the 26-year-old but Crawford has expressed a desire to move to a club in England.

Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, he said: “I’m not any further forward with what is happening next season, I’m just weighing up my options just now.

“It’s been quite slow at the start of this transfer window, so I just need to sit tight and be brave and wait for the right opportunity.

“I’d really like to go down south and that would be my first choice, but I need to keep my options open.

“Motherwell have spoken to my agent I believe, but I don’t think anything further has come from it, but I would consider what they had to say.

“I’ve got to keep my options open at this point, so I’ll wait and see what happens over the next couple of weeks and take it from there.”

Crawford suffered with injury last season but scored three goals in 19 appearances in all competitions.

He came through the ranks at Hamilton and firmly established himself as one of the club’s senior players, making more than 260 senior appearances.

He is not the only Scottish player Blackpool are monitoring, with former Dundee United man Scott Fraser also in their sights as previously reported by The Gazette.

The 23-year-old, who is also a midfielder, is wanted by Hearts, Peterborough United and Burton Albion.