Sheffield Wednesday target Reece James leaves Doncaster Rovers

Reece James has joined League One play-off winners Blackpool after rejecting a new contract at Doncaster Rovers.

The 27-year-old Lancastrian had been heavily linked with Sheffield Wednesday this summer when his Rovers deal was allowed to run down.

Owls manager Darren Moore turned the left-back, signed from Sunderland two years ago, into a jack of all trades, regularly appearing in central midfield and on the left wing last season.

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Seven of the nine goals he scored in 80 appearances for Doncaster came in 2020-21, and the club had offered him a new deal but he has opted instead to sign an initial three-year contract at Bloomfield Road with the option of a further 12 months.

DEPARTURE: Reece James has left Doncaster Rovers for Blackpool

"Playing in the Championship was something that I’d set out to do following what had happened in the season, so it was a massive pull to come here and play in the Championship," who twice won League One promotions with Wigan Athletic but did not play in the second tier because of a serious knee injury in 2016-17, and then his move to Wearside for 2018-19.

Blackpool have also been linked with a permanent move for 20-year-old Leeds United centre-back Oliver Casey.

Casey's only senior start came in last season's League Cup tie at home to Hull City, which the Tigers won on penalties. He was also a substitute in the FA Cup defeat to Crawley, and came off the bench at Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

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