Noguera departs as transfer search goes on

Alberto Noguera

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Alberto Noguera has left Bloomfield Road before the season even starts.

The 23-year-old’s contract has terminated by mutual consent after talks with boss Paul Ince yesterday.

He arrived as a highly-rated youngster from Athletico Madrid last summer, but only managed a 20 minute cameo against Ipswich last season in a tangerine shirt.

Ince spoke earlier this month about how the midfielder could have a huge part to play this season.

But after failing to hold down a place in the side this pre-season, the player feared another season on the sidelines.

And after talks with Ince and chairman Karl Oyston, it was agreed to rip his contract up to allow him to return home to Spain. It makes Pool’s search for players even more urgent, as Ince attempts to boost his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Doncaster.

He fielded three triallists during the weekend’s defeat against Newcastle, and was believed to be impressed by midfielder Daylon Claasen. The South African flew home after the game to complete paperwork to allow him to apply for a work permit to play in Europe.

If that’s granted, it’s understood the Seasiders would be interested in offering him a deal.

Midfielders Massire Kante and Neal Bishop also played in the game, and were once again training with the Seasiders this morning in an attempt to impress.

Pool’s players were handed Monday off to recover from the Newcastle game, but will be taking double sessions for the rest of the week.

Boss Ince wants time to work on shape and movement now he’s finally added two recognised strikers to the club. Assistant Alex Rae said the additions of Michael Chopra and Steven Davies were so important.

“This week is the first time we’ve been able to work on things as we’ve actually had some strikers,” he said.

“The personnel just hasn’t been there to allow us to work on things like set pieces. There’s more work to be done.

“As long as the players put the effort in, then we’ll be fine.

“We’ll be doing double sessions this week to implement our ideas into the squad ahead of Doncaster.”