Blackpool midfielder David Vaughan says he will soon have to make “probably the biggest decision of my life” as top-flight clubs battle for his services.
The Welshman revealed he has held talks with Rangers and Sunderland, though insists no firm offers are yet on the table.
Vaughan is out of contract this summer and looks set to move on following the Seasiders’ relegation from the Premier League, despite suggestions that Pool will push the boat out in a last-ditch bid to keep him at Bloomfield Road.
The 28-year-old’s season is finally over after he played the full 90 minutes for his country in Dublin on Friday, when Wales defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 to avoid the wooden spoon in the Nations Cup.
And Vaughan said of his future: “I’m just talking to Blackpool and one or two other clubs. Hopefully I will make my decision in a couple of weeks.
“At the moment it’s just talks – there’s no offer on the table.
“Sunderland is a possibility but I am leaving everything to my agent and once I have some concrete offers I’ll decide where I want to go.
“Obviously players want to play in the Premier League and hopefully that will be the case for me next season.”
He admitted the approach from the Glasgow giants had taken him by surprise.
“I know Rangers are a massive club. It would be great to have the chance to play for them,” he added. “I was surprised when my agent told me there was interest from Rangers. It’s pleasing and if there was an offer I’d have to consider it.
“Playing Champions League football is obviously something I’d have to take into consideration. It’s probably the biggest decision of my life.
Vaughan was the big winner at the Seasiders’ awards night last Monday, when the player of the year award from Gazette readers was among his accodades, but he added: “It’s a club where individual awards are less important than the team and that’s they way we have always regarded it.
“To win an award voted for by the players is special because they understand what you go through.”
Wherever he plays next season, Vaughan is convinced Pool can challenge for promotion again.
“Obviously it was disappointing to be relegated in the end,” he said. “We gave a good account of ourselves in the Premier League and on the whole we probably deserved to stay up, but we made too many mistakes and it cost us in the end.
“There were a few people saying at the start of the season that we’d be lucky to get ten points, so we proved them wrong. We knew we could compete at Premier League level but unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough.
“Blackpool can bounce back. They have a good squad of players and a great manager, so I’m sure they will be challenging again.”