Dan Sassi is reportedly undergoing a medical in the North-West, ahead of a permanent move to the Tangerines from Burnley.
The 20-year-old has plenty of experience with Burnley’s youth sides, making 28 appearances in the U18’s Premier League, where he captained the side. He joined the club from Stoke City in 2020, and continued his leadership with the U21’s side, which earned him the opportunity to train with the first team.
After penning his first professional deal for the Clarets in September 2022, he made the first-team squad in last season’s FA Cup 5th Round tie with Fleetwood. Despite this, Sassi never played a minute for Vincent Kompany’s side.
The centre-half joins a Blackpool side that have made a promising start to 2024, winning three of their four league games. They also defeated holders Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday, making it through to the last four of the competition.
That makes it two in and one out today for Neil Critchley’s side. Owen Dale left for League One rivals Oxford United, while George Byers arrives on loan from Sheffield Wednesday for the remainder of the season.
With the Tangerines still battling on two fronts, this is a smart signing to help provide depth in defence. James Husband has been formidable, while Matthew Pennington, Oliver Casey and Marvin Ekpiteta have shared the other two starting spots between them.
As for Sassi, this is his first chance at first-team football. There is an expectation that he won’t be a regular immediately, so this is one earmarked for the future. But with a packed second half of the campaign ahead, he will likely have a part to play as the Lancashire side chase promotion.