The Seasiders are currently locked in a battle with Sunderland for the Nottingham Forest right-back, who helped Neil Critchley’s men seal promotion from League One last season.
Forest boss Chris Hughton, who it’s understood prefers a more traditional, defensively-minded right-back, is reportedly happy for Gabriel to depart – but only if the club’s valuation is met and not until they have a replacement lined up.
Following Gabriel’s return to the City Ground and Ollie Turton’s surprise departure to Huddersfield Town, Blackpool are currently short on options at right-back.
Callum Connolly has played there at times in pre-season, but he’s not a specialist in that position. Mitch Clark, meanwhile, has been on trial from Leicester City.
For a bit of fun, The Gazette has taken a look at some alternative right-backs the Seasiders could look at if they’re not able to get Gabriel over the line…
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Thomas gave Preston the lead in the second half, heading in the opener to cap off an amazing day for the playmaker.
Preston will soon have to decide whether they want to sign Thomas permanently or not, but many will still be wondering – just who is Jamie Thomas?!
Born in Blackpool, Thomas had stints with the Tangerines, Bolton Wanderers and Burnley before dropping out of professional football.