Blackpool are making a bid of £500,000 for Crystal Palace’s young forward Scott Banks, according to journalist Alan Nixon on a post via his Patreon.
Scott Banks was a standout performer for Bradford City on loan from Crystal Palace last season. This superb form has caught the eye of Blackpool boss, Neil Critchley, the 20 year old has also been of interest to League Two side Stockport County and would require a fee due to his contract at Selhurst Park. Blackpool are reportedly set to bid £500,000 to secure the Scotsman’s signiture.
What has been said?
“Blackpool are making an ambitious £500,000 bid for Crystal Palace’s Scottish play maker Scott Banks.
“Boss Neil Critchley is offering more than Stockport for Banks who spent last season on loan at Bradford.
“Banks may need to spread his wings and leave Palace for regular action. A Championship club is also taking an interest but is looking at a loan deal”
Who is Scott Banks?
Born in Linlithgow, the wide-man spent his youth progressing through the ranks at Dundee United, scoring his first professional goal on loan at Clyde.
Going on to impress with The Terras in pre season, Banks made his debut for the club against Hearts in the Scottish League Cup before the club turned down a bid of £400,000 from Crystal Palace. However, the forward still went on to sign for The Eagles the following January after rejecting a new deal at Tannadice Park.
He was immediately loaned out back to Scotland, joining Alloa Athletic and Dunfermline Athletic until he made his EFL debut for Bradford City after signing on a season long loan for the West Yorkshire club.
Having a breakout season in League Two, the young Scotsman registered six goals and three assists in 29 League Two outings for the club, being named as the Supports Trust Young Player of the Year in a season where The Bantams were eliminated in the play offs.
Banks has also represented the Scottish National Team at U19 and U21 level.
Last season, Blackpool were relegated from the Championship only two seasons after Critchley took The Tangerines to Wembley glory in 2020-21.
Now, the returning manager has a large rebuild on his hands if Blackpool are to challenge for an instant return to the second tier. With the loss of talisman Jerry Yates to Swansea City, Blackpool have reinvested the money as Matthew Pennington, Oliver Norburn and Albie Morgan are amongst the new faces at Bloomfield Road
Neil Critchley has always got the best out of his players at Bloomfield Road. This move would be excellent for the player’s development.
Banks is a very exciting young player with potential future sell on value and would be a huge asset to any club below the Championship, I feel Blackpool would be a very good environment for the player.