Blackpool defender Jordan Thorniley linked to permanent Oxford switch in Cameron Brannagan deal

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Blackpool could offer Jordan Thorniley to Oxford United on a permanent basis in their bid to get a deal for Cameron Brannagan over the line, according to reports.

The Seasiders continue to be strongly linked to central midfielder Brannagan, a former Fleetwood Town loanee.

Oxford have confirmed that a bid for the 25-year-old, reported to be from the Seasiders, has been rejected.

Jordan Thorniley has made 23 appearances for Oxford on loan from Blackpool

Jordan Thorniley has made 23 appearances for Oxford on loan from Blackpool

It is now being suggested that centre-back Thorniley could be offered to the League One club in a player-plus-cash deal.

Thorniley is on a season-long loan at Oxford and has made 23 appearances since his move at the start of August. The 25-year-old has featured in 19 of this season’s 25 League One games.

Cheshire-born Thorniley, signed from Sheffield Wednesday two years ago, will be out of contract at Blackpool this summer, though the club have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

Oxford boss Karl Robinson has criticised Brannagan’s agent for bypassing him in an attempt to force a move through.

The player stared Saturday’s league game at Lincoln City but was forced off injured.