Clubs join race for Blackpool star

Stephen Crainey
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STEPHEN Crainey is being linked with two Premier League clubs as he decides where to play his football next season.

The Scot has been offered an improved financial package to stay at Bloomfield Road but he has other options on the table.

Both Swansea and Wigan are believed to have expressed an interest in signing the left-back, with Bristol City and Nottingham Forest also admirers.

Crainey, 29, has been at Blackpool since summer 2007 after arriving on a free transfer from Leeds, and has since made more than 150 appearances.

Meanwhile DJ Campbell might have to scrap ideas about a move to Fulham – new boss Martin Jol has reportedly told friends he is “embarrassed” by some of the players being linked with the club.

Jol has made it plain he wants a younger Whites outfit for his first campaign and 29-year-old Campbell – who has a £1.25m buy-out clause in his Seasiders contract – isn’t believed to be in the Dutchman’s plans.

“Martin is a little embarrassed by some of the players Fulham have been linked with,” said an insider.

“The truth is he wants a younger team of quality that can cope with an exacting Europa League and Premier League campaign.”

However, there will be no shortage of interest in Campbell, with the player admitting he would like to stay in the top flight next season.