Pool close to deal with Legear

Jonathan Legear

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Blackpool are close to agreeing terms with Belgian midfielder Jonathan Legear but will only sign him when he proves his fitness.

The 27-year-old has been training with the Seasiders for the past two weeks at the invitation of manager Jose Riga.

It’s understood Pool have opened talks with the former Anderlecht player and Riga revealed he is a longtime admirer of his fellow countryman.

The Pool boss said: “He’s a very good player, with lots of experience at just 27.

“He was part of one of Anderlecht’s best ever teams and played in the Champions League.

“I know him and it’s clear the player is looking to work with me. I spoke to him and we agreed he would come here for us to have a look at doing something together.”

Legear has seen his career drift off track in recent seasons after he was tipped for the top at Anderlecht.

He played more than 100 games for the Belgian giants, including five Champions League campaigns.

But after a £1.8m move to Russian side Terek Grozny in 2011 didn’t work out, Legear is at Blackpool looking to rebuild his career.

The Gazette understands a deal is close but Riga insists Legear has it all to prove.

He added: “I don’t want to talk about the last clubs he’s been to but he was faced with difficulties. The first step for him is to be fit, so he’s come to train with us and maybe be part of our project.

“It’s a deal I couldn’t ignore as a manager. He’s a very interesting player.

“It’s too early to speak about the possibility of him coming but we will see.

“I don’t hold the keys to this deal yet but I hope something can be done.”