Blackpool are finally closing in on a work permit for Jose Miguel Cubero.
The Costa Rica international has been at the club for almost a month, having signed from Herediano in his homeland in a £300,000 deal.
Despite starring in this summer’s World Cup, the 27-year-old midfielder has had to go through the application process for a work visa because he hadn’t quite played in enough of his country’s internationals to qualify for one automatically.
Cubero insists he would have met the criteria but for injury, though he needed to produce medical records to support this.
He is currently in the USA on international duty and was involved in last night’s Central American Cup clash against Nicaragua in Washington. Costa Rica face Panama in Texas on Sunday.
The Gazette understands the midfielder will travel to the UK Embassy in New York in the coming days to complete the ‘biometrics’ stage of the process (finger prints and pictures) before officially lodging his application.
Pool expect him to report in for training on Tuesday and to be available to face Wolves on Saturday week.
Costa Rica face Panama in Texas on Sunday and for training on Tuesday.