Pool make Chopra third summer signing

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Michael Chopra has today become Blackpool’s third summer signing.

The 29-year-old striker was on the Fylde coast last night to undergo a medical after agreeing terms on a move to Bloomfield Road.

And it was confirmed this morning he has arrived at Pool on a one-yea-deal with the option of a further 12 months.

The signing represents a huge boost for boss Paul Ince who returns to training this morning after two days in Portugal for talks with chairman Karl Oyston.

Blackpool have only 13 fit professionals at the club and with Ince wanting to add eight more players, frustrations were starting to grow.

It’s believed talks between the pair went well and Oyston gave the green light for the Chopra deal, as well as a number of others.

It’s a big boost for Ince and supporters who were growing increasingly frustrated.

Chopra is a proven goal scorer at Championship level and is exactly the type of player Ince wants to attract to Bloomfield Road. The former Sunderland man is expected to make his debut against Newcastle United on Sunday, the club he started his career at 11 years ago.

Off-the-field issues have slowed his progress in recent seasons, but Pool are hoping a new move will rekindle form which has seen clubs spend more than £9m in transfer fees on the player.

Chopra scored the winner for Ipswich against Blackpool back in February, and famously scored the opening goal in the 2010 play-off final for Cardiff in which Blackpool went onto win promotion to the Premier League.

The Newcastle born forward signed his contract yesterday before completing a medical last night.

He is back in Ipswich today with his family before linking-up with his new team mates at Blackpool’s Squires Gate training ground tomorrow.

He will make his debut on Sunday as Pool take-on Newcastle United at Bloomfield Road.