Orlandi lined up as Cubero signs in

Jose Miguel Cubero
Jose Miguel Cubero
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Blackpool are closing in on Andrea Orlandi after completing the signing of Jose Miguel Cubero.

Costa Rican World Cup star Cubero was unveiled last night and has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Andrea Orlandi

Andrea Orlandi

And Barcelona-born Orlandi, released by Brighton after an injury-hit second season on the south coast, has finally agreed a one-year deal after arriving at Blackpool on Monday.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder started his career at Alaves and was loaned to Barcelona before spending six seasons with Swansea. Hugely popular with Brighton supporters, Orlandi’s exit from the Amex came as a shock and he will no doubt be welcomed with open arms at Bloomfield Road.

Cubero, meanwhile, is new to English football but says his World Cup exploits were the perfect preparation.

The 27-year-old holding midfielder, who played in four matches in Brazil this summer, passed a medical and also trained with his new team-mates yesterday before completing his deal.

Cubero, who has played all his club football in his native Costa Rica, is yet to receive his work permit and so is unlikely to feature in tomorrow’s friendly at home to Burnley.

But he told The Gazette his exploits in Brazil will stand him in good stead. Cubero said: “The World Cup gave me an excellent opportunity to measure myself against some top players.

“We played a lot of top teams and I played against Italy and Holland. I think that experience has given me the perfect preparation for English football.

“I think I’ll be able to adapt very quickly because I have played against a lot of different styles with Costa Rica.”

Pool’s deal with Cubero’s Costa Rican club Herediano is believed to be worth around £400,000 and he added: “It’s a dream come true to be here. I’m very happy.

“It’s a fantastic stadium and a great chance for me. It’s always been a dream for me to play in England as it is for so many people.

“This move gives me the perfect opportunity to grow as a player. The English game will suit my style.

“English football is very popular in Costa Rica, which makes it even more special to be here.”

Pool will continue their search for players today, with two goalkeepers among those due in for talks. The club still doesn’t have a senior keeper on its books.

One player is unlikely to arrive, though, is Ishmael Miller.

The former West Brom and Nottingham Forest striker failed to turn up to complete an agreed deal yesterday and is now highly unlikely to be joining the Seasiders.