Pool give up on Claasen deal

Daylon Claasen in action for Blackpool against Newcastle
Daylon Claasen in action for Blackpool against Newcastle
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Blackpool have given up on signing midfielder Daylon Claasen.

The South African has been training with the Seasiders for several weeks and played in the friendly against Newcastle at Bloomfield Road last month.

Pool were interested in offering him a deal but issues relating to wages and a work permit have seen him leave the club.

He is now expected to join Polish outfit Lech Poznan.

Pool secretary Matt Williams explained: “We had several conversations with Daylon’s representatives, who valued him very highly considering his lack of experience at this level.

“We made him a very decent offer, subject to him gaining a work permit, but he didn’t accept.

“We’d only seen him play 20 minutes against Newcastle and in a training match at Preston, so we weren’t prepared to go any higher.

“We wanted another look at him against Bury on Tuesday but he didn’t want to play.”

The 23-year-old also had trials with Premier League Everton and Hull City, as well as Scottish giants Celtic over the summer.

Hull were also keen on signing him but were deterred by his lack of a work permit.

He is expected to apply for Belgian citizenship but that could take up to a year.

Williams added: “There were no guarantees he would be able to get a work permit and that was reflected in the offer we made him. As Hull also found out, this would be a very difficult process, so we shook hands and wished him well for the future.”