Transfer rumour: Blackpool 'interested' in goalscoring midfielder but face competition from Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and Sunderland

Blackpool are reportedly interested in AFC Wimbledon’s in-demand goalscoring midfielder Jack Rudoni.

Thursday, 30th June 2022, 12:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th June 2022, 2:32 pm

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The 21-year-old has already attracted the interest of Huddersfield Town and Sunderland, who have both seen bids recently rejected.

The biggest offer for Rudoni is thought to have been in the region of £500,000, plus add-ons.

That’s according to South London Press, who now claim the Seasiders - as well as Bristol City - are also thought to be eyeing a deal, although they’ve yet to bid.

Rudoni scored 12 goals last season and bagged five assists, an impressive return considering the Dons were relegated from League One.

Since making his debut in 2019, Rudoni - a product of the club’s academy - has made 106 appearances, scoring 17 times.

He was unsurprisingly voted the club’s player of the year last season.

Rudoni in action against CJ Hamilton during the 2020/21 season

While the Dons are desperate for Rudoni to stay to help them return to League One at the first attempt, there’s a feeling a rival club will eventually reach the figure required to seal his signature.

Rudoni becomes the second Wimbledon midfielder to be linked with the Seasiders this summer, following in the footsteps of teammate Anthony Hartigan.

The 22-year-old, who is now a free agent after opting to run down his contract, has also been linked with Preston North End and Rotherham United.

Like Rudoni, Hartigan is a product of Wimbledon’s youth academy and has made 152 appearances for the club in total, scoring five times and claiming a further 13 assists.

It’s no secret the Seasiders are keen to strengthen in central midfield, having missed out on other targets - namely Cameron Brannagan and Oliver Norwood - on previous occasions.

While Pool do have numbers in that position, Kevin Stewart is unfortunately injury-prone and Matty Virtue and Sonny Carey are still working their way back from long-term injuries.

Grant Ward, while still training with the club, was released at the end of last season alongside Ethan Robson, another midfielder.

Elsewhere, Kenny Dougall is still on the books while Callum Connolly and Reece James are two versatile defensive-minded players who can also fill in as and when required

Prior to Neil Critchley’s departure, the club had hoped to entice Ebou Adams from Forest Green Rovers but he opted to join Cardiff City instead.