Blackpool are yet to make an improved offer for Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Seasiders and became a regular fixture in Neil Critchley’s side, helping them secure promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs.
Blackpool have made their interest in bringing Embleton back to Bloomfield Road this summer in a permanent deal no secret but reports earlier this month indicated there is a significant difference in the two club’s valuation of the player, which is proving an obstacle.
There is now less than a fortnight to go until the start of the 2021/22 EFL season and the latest update on the situation indicates that the differing valuations continues to be an issue.
Nixon has reported that the Tangerines are yet to make an improved offer for Embleton as we head toward the final month of the transfer window.
Sunderland triggered a one-year extension in his deal ahead of his loan move to Blackpool in the winter window but that contract runs out this summer, which could mean he leaves the club as a free agent then if new terms are not agreed.
Even so, it is understood that the Black Cats are determined to keep him at the club this summer.
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It appears Blackpool remain unwilling to increase their offer for Embleton, even though the start of the season is creeping ever closer.
Though his Black Cats’ contract is up next summer given their stance on the midfielder, you feel the Tangerines are going to the be party that takes action to make this move work.
They’ve not done that just yet and the longer they leave it, they risk Embleton becoming a regular fixture in Lee Johnson’s side, which may convince him that staying at the Stadium of Light is best for him.
You can understand them not wanting to spend too much on a player out of contract next summer but it seems they may not have a choice.