BLACKPOOL have agreed terms with three European players only for red tape to hold up the deals.
Former Paris St Germain striker Anderson Banvo, Athletico Madrid midfielder Alberto Noguera and Lille’s Brice Irie-Bi have all impressed on trial at Bloomfield Road and are waiting to sign for the Seasiders.
The trio are free agents after leaving their clubs.
However, complications involving development fees mean Pool are having to be patient.
Such problems can occur if a professional player has been offered a new deal up to 60 days before the expiry of their contract or if they are registered on youth terms.
Pool are waiting to find out how much, if any, compensation is due to their former clubs as secretary Matt Williams explains.
“We’ve had offers accepted up and down the country and around Europe for players,” he revealed. “A lot of my time has been spent on the European side of things.
“If a player from Europe is under contract and over 23, then it’s easy to do a deal.
“It becomes technical when you try and sign a ‘free agent’ who is under 23.
“We have three waiting to sign, two from France and one from Spain. The manager likes the players and personal terms have been agreed, but we have to find a number of things out first.”
Anderson, 18, progressed through the youth ranks at the French giants and fired 27 goals for the club’s reserve side last season.
He returned to England over the weekend after a trial earlier in the summer and should complete a move shortly.
Williams said: “We expect to confirm Banvo’s signing either today or tomorrow. We’ve managed to do deals with Paris St Germain and a couple of his junior clubs.
“That means we don’t have to pay compensation for him.”
Noguera is a talented midfielder who joined the Seasiders during their trip to Portugal.
He was registered as an amateur at Athletico Madrid, though Pool argue they should not have to pay compensation because he was effectively a professional.
Williams said: “We think that someone who has earned the sort of money he has is a professional. We are waiting to hear what compensation Madrid may or may not claim.
“Sadly the big Spanish clubs aren’t the quickest at responding to emails. The lad is desperate to play and is here with his family.
“We hope that by Thursday he will be confirmed as a Blackpool player.”
20-year-old French midfielder Irie-Bi finds himself in a similar frustrating position.
He flew to speak with his old club Lille last week in an attempt to force a deal through.
Pool are hoping to complete all three deals ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Millwall.