By Pete O'Rourke

21st Jan, 2020 | 12:47pm

Exclusive: Blackpool & Wycombe plot moves to sign Gillingham attacker up for free this month

Blackpool and Wycombe Wanderers are plotting moves to sign Gillingham winger Mark Marshall before the close of the transfer window, Football Insider understands.

The 32-year-old’s contract at Priestfield Stadium is due to expire later this month after only signing a short-term deal when he arrived on a free transfer last summer from Charlton Athletic.

A source at Gillingham has told Football Insider that the club are hoping to extend his deal at the club but that League One rivals are circling to pounce on a free transfer if no deal can be done.

It is understood that both Blackpool and Wycombe are waiting in the wings to pounce for the experienced attacker’s capture for nothing, should Gillingham be unable to agree on terms over an extension.

Marshall has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Steve Evans’ side so far this season and he could be a bargain signing for either of the club’s rivals.

Tangerines boss Simon Grayson is in the market for a new winger after selling Jordan Thompson to Stoke earlier this month and former Coventry attacker Marshall would help fill that void.

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Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth is also keen to add to his squad as he looks to maintain their push for promotion and Marshall would add much-needed experience to his side.

The veteran attacker is vastly experienced in the third tier of English football, with over 200 games under his belt.

He helped Charlton win promotion from League One last season, while he has also featured for the likes of Swindon Town, Coventry City, Port Vale and Bradford City.

In other Blackpool news, it can be revealed the club are in advanced talks to sign a Preston North End player.