By Pete O'Rourke

31st Dec, 2019 | 12:39pm

Exclusive: Blackburn and Wigan ready to battle Stoke to sign midfielder, contact made

Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic are ready to rival Stoke City for Blackpool midfielder Jordan Thompson, Football Insider understands.

The 22-year-old midfielder has emerged as a target for all three Championship clubs ahead of the transfer window reopening in January.

A source at Blackpool has told Football Insider that Blackburn and Wigan have been in contact to express their interest in Thompson as the duo have enquired about his potential availability next month.

Stoke had previously been leading the chase for the midfielder with Potters boss Michael O’Neill keen to be reunited with the player after handing him his international debut for Northern Ireland.

Blackpool are aware of the growing interest in Thompson and they are bracing themselves for offers for the 22-year-old in January as Stoke, Blackburn and Wigan all consider firming up their interest.

The Northern Ireland international has only six months left on his contract at Blackpool, although there is an option to extend it for a further year.

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The former Manchester United youngster joined Blackpool in 2018 on a free transfer after leaving Scottish Premiership giants Rangers and he has impressed during his time at Bloomfield Road.

Thompson has appeared 18 times for Blackpool this season, scoring one goal and registering one assist in the process.

The central midfielder’s efforts have helped Simon Grayson’s side sit 10th in League One ahead of travelling to face Rotherham on New Year’s Day.

In other Stoke City news, the Potters are battling it out with Huddersfield Town and Charlton Athletic to sign Sheffield United striker.