Cubero heads list of players who can leave Blackpool

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Blackpool are set to put several of their first-team squad players up for sale, including Jose Cubero.

Manager Neil McDonald wants new faces in next month’s transfer window and is willing to allow a host of current players to depart.

Costa Rican midfielder Cubero has expressed his wishes to leave since the end of last season and will finally be given the green light to search for a new club.

After arriving in a blaze of publicity in summer 2014, the 28-year-old World Cup star made just 12 appearances last season and has had to make do with a handful of slikely to be made available.are

It’s all part of a planned reshuffle as McDonald looks to avoid a second successive relegation for the Seasiders.

The Pool boss said: “We need to improve the squad as much as we possibly can during the January transfer window.

“We’ll try to recycle a couple of players and recruit well to make us stronger. We brought 13 in before the (September) deadline and I thought that was a good return.

“January is usually difficult but we want to bring players in who will go straight into the team.

“We have to sign players who will enhance the team and make it much better.”

McDonald admitted last month that attracting players to Bloomfield Road has been tough because of all the negative publicity surrounding the club.

But that hasn’t stopped him putting the miles in searching for recruits, and the boss says he’s working hard to bring new faces in.

McDonald added: “We’ll keep working behind the scenes to improve the squad.

“We go and watch a lot of U21 games and we are even scouting the teams we play against. Often we’ll play against a player and wonder if we could maybe pinch him.”

One area Pool will be keen on strengthening is their attack, with only five players finding the net so far this season.

While strikers Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw have fired five each this term, McDonald is aiming for alternative options in his front line.

“We have tried to bring some players in with different styles but we haven’t been able to do that,” he explained. “We want to be able to have an option to play a different way.

“Andy Little (signed on loan from Preston but injured on his debut) will give us the option to go longer, I suppose, as he’s good in the air.

“Maybe we can play the ball up to him and he can flick it on or hold it up.”