Blackpool have outbid Rangers and Tottenham for Kyle Joseph but the player will ultimately decide where his future lies, according to Alan Nixon.
Joseph is a highly-rated Scotland U19 international currently plying his trade with EFL League One club Wigan Athletic.
The Gers were recently linked with a pre-contract move for the striker [Sun on Sunday via Glasgow Live] and Nixon’s comments on Twitter have shed more light on what appears to be a three-horse transfer race.
The Sun journalist claims that Joseph turned down an offer from Tottenham in the summer in order to stay with the Latics and receive playing time.
Turned it down last time to play. But things change. Hope the lad wants to play. But in the end it will come down to that and a good contract. https://t.co/FQTuC0wixZ
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 11, 2021
It’s believed that Spurs have renewed their interest but that, perhaps surprisingly, it’s third-tier club Blackpool who currently have the best deal on the table.
Blackpool offer is the best. But it’s going to be down to player in the end. https://t.co/WGrEDa8JzZ
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 10, 2021
A move to Bloomfield Road is undoubtedly the least glamorous option, but with cash-strapped Wigan likely keen to receive the highest possible fee for their asset and Joseph appearing to place plenty of importance on his playing prospects, the Seasiders look to be in a strong position.
Neither Rangers or Tottenham are likely to be able to give playing guarantees, but both offer top-class facilities and the carrot of European football.
Rangers are currently well-stocked at the top end of the pitch, but the club could finally cash in on Alfredo Morelos in the summer, while 38-year-old Jermain Defoe is coming towards the end of his playing career.
Joseph has scored four goals in 13 senior appearances for Wigan, with three of those coming in a dramatic 4-3 away win over Burton Albion last month.
Another young Rangers target has been dealt a significant blow just days after suggesting it would be a ‘dream’ for him to move to Ibrox.