THE Portugese trialist Ian Holloway is close to offering terms to is understood to be Tiago Gomes.
The 26-year-old was invited to the club’s training camp in Portugal last week and caught the manager’s eye.
There are plans to fly the midfielder and his family to Blackpool for talks about a permanent deal.
Gomes has a good pedigree. After coming through the ranks at Benfica, and winning a couple of caps for Portugal’s under-21s, Gomes played for Steaua Bucharest before hitting six goals in 37 games to help Spanish club Hercules win promotion to La Liga.
He impressed during a full season in Spain’s top flight before Hercules were relegated. Gomes’ three-year contract has now ended and he is looking for a move to England.
Gomes certainly made an impression in Portugal and manager Ian Holloway said: “I’ve been very impressed with what he has to offer and hopefully we can come to some agreement with him.
“He has fitted in brilliantly and I’d like to add him. I think he’d give the first-team group a bit of something else.
“I think his ball control, his movement and his understanding of the systems I might want to play are way ahead of who I could get in England.” The Pool
players were also impressed by Gomes. Defender Ian Evatt said: “We had a young Spanish lad on trial and he’s looked very, very sharp. He seems to suit our style and I’ve been really impressed with him.
“He’s talented and tricky, and he’s definitely got something about him.The gaffer does his homework really well when he brings someone in.”
Gomes settled in easily thanks to a little help from a Spanish friend. Pool’s resident Spaniard Angel Martinez took the new boy under his wing.
“I know from experience that you are thankful if one player can help
you,” said Martinez, who could line up alongside Gomes in the Pool midfield next season.
“It can be difficult with the language but I’m happy to help my country-mate.”