Blackpool transfer target could join Swiss giants, Stoke City's £12m man tipped for fresh move

Blackpool have had a busy summer transfer window thus far, bringing in seven signings thus far as the club look to prepare themselves for a long-awaited return to the Championship.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 8:32 am
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New signing highlights include flying winger Josh Bowler from Everton, reliable full-back Reece James from Doncaster Rovers, and promising centre-back Oliver Casey from Leeds United.

Meanwhile, Pool's skipper and number one Chris Maxwell has been discussing the upcoming 2021/22 campaign, and claimed: “I drew a line under the play-off final within five minutes of the final whistle, I think... the miserable fella I am.

“Last season is done. We are a Championship team now, and all the focus is on that first game of the season and establishing ourselves in the league.

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The agent of West Brom star Matheus Pereira has conceded that his client could leave to continue playing at a "high level". He's been heavily linked with the likes of Leeds United, West Ham and Leicester City since the Baggies were relegated last season. (Birmingham Mail)

“I said 12 months ago that we should get promoted and we did. Now, first and foremost we have to make sure we stay in the league.

“That’s a realistic goal for any football club that goes into the tier above. But we’ve got every chance of being the surprise package of the Championship, with how the gaffer is, with the ability we’ve got in the dressing room, with the new additions and with our record last season...

“Every team is going to underestimate us, but if teams are going to do that then more fool them. Whatever is deemed a good season is the opinion of each individual involved with Blackpool

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Blackpool and the rest of the Championship, as the reaction to the summer transfer window activity and build-up to the eagerly-anticipated new season continues.

Despite being the strong favourite for the Fulham job since Scott Parker's exit, ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder now looks set to miss out on the Cottagers role, with ex-Everton boss Marco Silva now set to take the helm. (Sky Sports)
Peterborough United and Barnsley have both been credited with an interest in Ipswich Town midfielder Flynn Downes. The 22-year-old's contract expires next summer, and his club may be forced to sell in this transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing in the future. (East Anglian Times)
Ex-footballer Darren Campbell has urged West Brom to move for Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, following rumours linking the player with a move to the Hawthorns. He described the player as a "talented" young player and lauded his "Premier League" quality. (Football Insider)
Oxford United have snapped up striker Billy Bodin, following his release from Preston North End. He spent four seasons on the books at Deepdale, but missed the whole of the 2018/19 campaign with an ACL injury. (Club website)
Preston North End had landed ex-Rotherham defender Matthew Olosunde, after he rejected a contract extension to stay with the Millers and agreed a deal with the Lilywhites. Sheffield Wednesday were also keen, but missed out. (Club website)
Barnsley could be set to miss out on free agent Emiliano Marcondes, with reports suggesting West Brom could swoop in for the Danish ace. He played a key role in the 26-year-old played a key role in the Brentford's promotion-winning campaign last season. (Express)
Bournemouth could be set to blow League One sides Wigan Athletic and Oxford United out the water to land St Johnstone captain Jason Kerr. The Cherries have just been taken over by Scott Parker, who will be looking to bring in some fresh signings this summer. (The Sun)
Blackpool-linked winger Liam Miller could be set to move elsewhere, with Swiss giants Basel believed to have submitted their second bid for the player. He spent the second half of last season on loan with Charlton, where he scored twice in 27 appearances. (The 72)
Millwall are rumoured to be closing in on a loan move for Stoke City striker Benik Afobe. The £12m man spent last season in Turkey on loan with Trabzonspor, and could be set for another temporary spell elsewhere in the 2021/22 campaign. (South London Press)