By Pete O'Rourke

24th Dec, 2019 | 11:16am

Exclusive: Stoke City make approach to sign midfielder in January

Stoke City have made an approach to sign Blackpool midfielder Jordan Thompson in January, Football Insider can reveal.

Manager Michael O’Neill has set his sights on the Northern Ireland international, 22, after giving the green light for Badou Ndiaye to join Trabzonspor on a loan-to-buy deal.

A Stoke source has told Football Insider that the Potters have made contact with Blackpool over a deal for Thompson.

O’Neill is a big admirer of the player he knows well from his lengthy spell as manager of Northern Ireland.

A January exit is on the cards for Thompson as his two-year contract at Blackpool is due to expire at the end of the season.

Thompson has progressed the country’s youth ranks to establish himself at full international level.

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He has also been a mainstay this season of the Blackpool side that is challenging for promotion from League One to the Championship.

The central midfielder has made 13 starts among 17 appearances in all competitions this season, and has played 62 matches in total for the club.

He joined Blackpool after his contract had expired at Rangers, who he joined in 2015 from the Manchester United academy.

As revealed by Football Insider, Ndiaye jetted out to Turkey on Saturday to undergo a medical and finalise a temporary move to Trabzonspor that could become permanent at the end of the season.

In other Stoke City and Championship news, Danny Mills has suggested at which leading Premier League club wanted 24-year-old will be playing at next season.