Cubero to make Blackpool escape at last

Blackpool's Jose Miguel Cubero
Blackpool's Jose Miguel Cubero
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Jose Cubero is close to finally ending his Blackpool nightmare.

The midfielder is on the verge of signing for Deportivo Saprissa in his native Costa Rica on an 18-month deal.

Several clubs in the 28-year-old’s homeland have tabled offers since the Seasiders made Cubero available, and he has also held talks with his former club Herediano .

As revealed in The Gazette a month ago, Cubero was told by Pool manager Neil McDonald that he was free to return home after failing to nail down a place in the starting 11.

And speaking to media in Central America, Cubero confirmed a deal could be close.

He said: “Talks have taken place. Yes, we have spoken.

“I’m pleased as both (Deportivo and Herediano) are very big clubs in Costa Rica, where much is expected of them.

“They are big teams and they’ve offered me a chance at a time when I’ve not been playing regularly. I’m pleased they think I can help them.”

Cubero arrived at Blackpool in a blaze of publicity in the summer of 2014, fresh from starring at the World Cup in Brazil.

He has managed just 24 appearances for the Seasiders, starting 14 games, his progress hindered by injuries and work permit issues.

Despite being fit for much of this season, he has found himself out of favour with manager McDonald.

Cubero has not started a League game since October and has not been seen at all since the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Wigan almost two months ago.

His lack of football has led to him losing his place in the Costa Rican national side, one of the main reasons he’s so keen to leave.

He said: “I came to England without a work permit and continued to get call-ups to the national team as I had a good relationship with manager Paulo Wanchope. I want to get back playing for my country now.”

Former manager Jose Riga brought Cubero to Pool from Herediano for a fee believed to be around £250,000

Cubero is expected to leave Bloomfield Road on a free transfer as Pool look to offload his wages, which are among the highest at the club.