Blackpool are finally closing in on a deal for Morecambe’s Jack Redshaw.
After seeing a £150,000 bid for the striker rejected last week, Pool are believed to have returned with a much-improved offer yesterday and are close to agreeing terms.
As ever the Seasiders are silent on their dealings, but the fee is unlikely to reach the £250,000 which would automatically release the 24-year-old from his contract.
Redshaw fired 12 goals for the Shrimps in League Two last season and is widely regarded as their best player.
Despite the speculation over his future, Redshaw rejoined Morecambe for pre-season training on Monday but he could complete a move to Bloomfield Road before the weekend.
It’s not the first time the forward, who came through the youth system at Manchester City, has attracted interest from a higher level – he rejected a move to Peterborough last season.
Shrimps manager Jim Bentley said Redshaw would only leave Morecambe for the correct club, hinting Pool could be the one.
Bentley said: “It’s got to be right for everyone. People have come in for Jack in the past and I’ve said, ‘You’ve got to look if it’s the right move for you.’
“With regards to a Blackpool deal, the location’s great for him. They have been a Premier League club recently and are a big club. It’s a move up in level, but the first port of call is the two clubs talking and making sure the deal is right, not just for Jack Redshaw but for the clubs.”
Bentley believes Redshaw, who has one year remaining on his current contract, is fully focused on getting ready for the new season, despite the distraction of a possible transfer.
He added: “He’s in decent nick. He’s his usual bubbly self.
“I’ve had a little chat with him and I think his mind’s fully focused on the job ahead for Morecambe FC.
“He’s grown up a lot while he’s been at the club – certainly in the past 12 months.
“The Peterborough thing was a big learning curve for him.
“At the time he was just about to have his second kid, and there were other things going on that might have affected him. But he has grown up.
“Any interest in you gives you a boost, but there’s no sign of him being unsettled or anything and we’ll bat on until that changes.”
When it comes to criteria for new signings, the word ‘experience’ must be written in big letters at the top of Pool boss Neil McDonald’s wish-list.
At present Blackpool have just 15 professional players on their books, four of whom having never played in the Football League.
Pool’s whole squad have a total of 814 League appearances between them – fewer than last season’s centre-back pairing of Peter Clarke and Darren O’Dea.