It’s a route they’re likely to look at once again this summer, with a plethora of players about to come to the end of their contracts.
We’ve compiled a list of realistic targets for the Seasiders – take a look...
5. Anthony Hartigan - central midfielder
Already a name linked with the Seasiders, Hartigan has rejected a new contract with AFC Wimbledon and is set to depart this summer. It's been reported both Preston North End and Rotherham United are also interested in the 22-year-old.
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6. Ebou Adams - central midfielder
Adams is another player the Seasiders have already been strongly linked with - on this occasion for the past two transfer windows. The 26-year-old has been offered fresh terms with Forest Green but the Gambian international is bound to have plenty of suitors higher up the food chain.
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7. Tom Lowery - central midfielder
Crewe have already confirmed Lowery has played his last game for the club having failed to agree new terms. The 24-year-old, who will be well known to Neil Critchley given his Crewe connections, has already made 150 career appearances.
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8. Luke Molyneux - winger
Several clubs higher up the pyramid are said to be interested in the 24-year-old Hartlepool winger after an excellent season in League Two, scoring 12 times. Molyneux took a clean sweep at the club’s end of season awards.
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