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Blackpool pursuit of 27-year-old shutdown by manager

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Shrewsbury Town boss Steve Cotterill has claimed he knows absolutely nothing about a £300k approach from Blackpool for Josh Vela. 

It was reported by Football Insider that Vela was a target for Blackpool, who had tabled a £300k bid to lure the 27-year-old back up into the Championship.

Cotterill has shutdown that talk, too, stating to the Shropshire Star: “Where did you get that from? What publication was that? I know absolutely nothing about that, absolutely nothing.

“I have no idea where that’s come from, no idea whatsoever.”

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Neil Critchley’s Blackpool side have endured a tough start to life back in the Championship, posting just two points on the board from their opening four fixtures.

They were also beaten by Sunderland last night in the second round of the League Cup.

Vela has been a regular for Shrewsbury over the last 18 months, making 59 appearances across all competitions. Four defeats on the spin has left Cotterill’s side bottom of League One and amongst the early season strugglers.

Previously in his career, Vela has excelled in the Championship with Bolton Wanderers, as well as having spells with Notts County and Hibernian.

The Verdict 

This is quite emphatic from Cotterill when it comes to Vela.

Shrewsbury are obviously struggling at the bottom of League One and the last thing that they need is losing a player of Vela’s quality.

There’s still a week of the transfer window remaining and there might be further interest in Vela around the corner. However, if Cotterill’s comments are anything to go by, nothing feels imminent at a late stage of the window.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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