Blackpool make move to hijack Portsmouth deal for Colby Bishop

By Wayne Veysey

18th Jul, 2022 | 5:28pm

Sources: Blackpool make move to hijack Portsmouth deal for Colby Bishop

Blackpool are in talks to sign Accrington Stanley striker Colby Bishop after making a late move to beat Portsmouth to his signature, sources have told Football Insider.

Portsmouth have held talks over a permanent deal for the 25-year-old as Danny Cowley identified him as the man to lead their attack.

Blackpool have now hijacked that deal and can offer him Championship football.

Football Insider first reported earlier this month (7 July) that Pompey and MK Dons were battling it out to sign Bishop.

They then made their move after selling Marcus Harness to League One rivals Ipswich Town.

Bishop only has one year left on his contract at Accrington Stanley although the club have the option to extend it by a further 12 months.

He has caught the eye of clubs across the EFL after an impressive few seasons with Stanley.

In the 2021-22 campaign, he scored 14 goals and provided a further four assists in 47 games across all competitions for Accrington.

That takes his goal tally to 38 in 123 games across all competitions for the club.

Blackpool are in the market for a new striker this summer and Bishop will be well known to Michael Appleton who spent the last three seasons in League One as Lincoln City boss.

The Seasiders finished 16th in the Championship in 2021-22 and have yet to add any permanent signings this summer.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth finished 10th in League One, just 10 points outside the play-off positions.

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