Neil Critchley confirms Blackpool transfer position on Everton forward Ellis Simms

Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has confirmed his team are monitoring Ellis Simms’ Everton situation with a view to re-signing the striker this summer.

Simms, who Critchley also revealed to have had surgery, spent the second half of last season on loan at Bloomfield Road and scored 10 goals in 23 appearances to help the Seasiders reach the League One play-off final.

But the Everton youngster was unable to play in the Wembley showdown after suffering a groin injury in Blackpool’s final training session a day before the clash.

And even though Simms was missing for the Seasiders, Critchley’s side still managed to secure their place in this season’s championship with a 2-1 win over Lincoln City at the home of English football.

Simms attended the game to support his Blackpool teammates and, when asked about his future with the Blues, said: “I’m not sure what the future holds. Who knows what the future holds?

And Critchley has now revealed that Blackpool will continue to watch Simms and the other two loan stars of the club’s winning campaign this summer.

“Ellis has had an operation so he will be out for a long time,” said the former Liverpool Under-23 boss. The Blackpool Gazette.

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“When the players are not yours, the decision is also not yours because you are governed by what other clubs think of them and decide. It is never in your hands.

“Elliot is back at Sunderland and Jordan is back at Nottingham Forest and I’m sure they will try to impress in the preseason to try to get into their squad. We’ll be keeping an eye on them, that’s for sure.

ECHO revealed last month that Everton will offer Simms a new deal and then discuss the possibility of him being loaned a second time, if he agrees to put pen to paper on new terms.

The youngster will begin the last 12 months of his contract with Goodison Park this summer and the Blues are keen to tie him up.

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