Blackpool striker ‘keeping his options open’

Blackpool’s leading scorer, Armand Gnanduillet, is understood to be keeping his options open ahead of his contract expiring this summer.

The 28-year-old striker, who has scored 18 goals for the Seasiders so far this campaign, has previosuly been linked with a move to Championship side Charlton Athletic. The move to London subsquently broke down on the final day of the summer transfer window, with Lee Bowyer renewing his interest in the January transfer window, only to have his move rebuffed again by the Seasiders.

Blackpool chief executive, Ben Masford told The Gazette: “Armand is a bit of a fans’ favourite from what I can see. What is it, 18 goals so far this year?

“We’ve tried to talk to Armand about that (a new contract) but I think he’s got to a situation where he has some contractual freedom coming up and he probably feels he’d like to keep his options open. That’s football.

“If there is a situation where it plays out where he stays, then we’ll let you guys know first….When his move in both windows hasn’t materialised, his answer after not getting a move in January was to score three goals in two games.

“I hope there might be a place where we can give the fans some good news, but you’ll hear about it first via us. There’s not too much to say other than I respect that he’s a fans’ favourite, I respect he’s scored 18 goals, but he’s got to a place where he wants to keep his options open for now.”

Our View

Gnanduillet is a key player at Bloomfield Road, and one they should be pulling out all the stops to keep. The French forward is the main source of the goals this season, averaging better than a goal every other game.

At the age of 28 you can understand why he would want to move on though. Despite starting the season as one of the pacesetters, Blackpool have dropped considerably in form and now sit 16th in the standings, closer to the relegation zone than the play-off spots.

Gnanduillet joined Chesterfield from AS Poissy on a free transfer in 2013 and since then has applied his trade at several lower league clubs such as Oxford, Stevenage and Tranmere Rovers and perhaps feels he now deserves a crack at the Championship.

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