Blackpool are in advanced talks to sign highly-rated winger Mansfield Town winger CJ Hamilton for a six-figure fee, Football Insider understands.

The 25-year-old forward has been one of the Stags’ standout performers since joining on a free transfer from Sheffield United back in 2016.

A source at Bloomfield Road has told Football Insider that the Tangerines are close to negotiating a £300,000 deal which would see the London-born attacker move up a division ahead of next season.

 

Hamilton has been a mainstay for Mansfield since joining the League Two outfit and has played 173 times for the club in a variety of roles.

Naturally a left-sided winger, he has featured all across the front line for the Stags, including as a centre-forward.

He played a total of 41 times across all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign and sat out just two league games before the League Two season was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He netted two goals and contributed a further three assists for John Dempster’s men as they finished 21st in the table, 16 points ahead of relegated Stevenage.

Despite his average record over the past 12 months, Blackpool believe he can make the step up to League One and are close to agreeing terms which would see him swap Nottinghamshire for a place on the north-west coast.

Blackpool finished 13th in England’s third tier last season and new manager Neil Critchley, who was appointed in March, has already made a handful of signings ahead of the new campaign.

Striker Keshi Anderson, defender Marvin Ekpiteta and midfielder Oliver Sarkic have all joined on free transfers after their exits from Swindon Town, Leyton Orient and Burton Albion respectively.

In other Blackpool news, it can be revealed the club are set to beat Sunderland to the signing of a new striker.

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