Blackpool player ratings as in-demand Josh Bowler sparkles in Fulham draw
Acquiring the 25-year-old’s services has been Blackpool’s number one priority this month, but a potential move appeared to have hit a dead end.
However, That of the sun Alan Nixon is now reporting that a deal could be revived on transfer deadline day.
If a move materializes, it will likely involve Jordan Thorniley, who was recently recalled to Bloomfield Road from his loan spell at Kassam Stadium.
“The Thorniley swap talks for Brannagan could result in a solution that works for both clubs,” Nixon wrote.
“Blackpool also want Norburn if they can reach Peterborough’s valuation.”
Brannagan was in sparkling form for the U’s on Saturday, scoring FOUR penalties in their 7-2 thrashing of Gillingham.
Oxford revealed earlier in the window that a bid for the 25-year-old, who would have been from the Seasiders, had been rejected.
Manager Karl Robinson went on to slam the player’s agent for bypassing him in a bid to force the deal. Robinson added that the club’s offer was made through the right channels.
Speaking last week, Robinson sent a clear message that none of his Oxford players were for sale.
“It’s incredibly busy, lots of back and forth and lots of jockeys for position,” he told the Oxford Mail.
“I’m pretty calm about our current position, (but) you’re never 100% sure.
“I think some players need to move on. I want to bring in players, but I don’t have to and we won’t sell, that’s where we are.
“We don’t think anyone is for sale here, we’ve had these conversations with a few clubs this week.
“We have nothing to do, but we want to do things.
“The owner understands where we are and there is no problem.”
An Oxford player for four years, Brannagan played in both matches in last season’s play-off semi-final against Blackpool.
Known to Neil Critchley from his time in Liverpool’s youth roster, Brannagan spent the second half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Fleetwood Town.
A lot could hinge on the future of Josh Bowler, who has been heavily linked with the Cherries as well as Fulham and Nottingham Forest.
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