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RIKI AND BODIPO ARE CLOSE TO DEPOR

21 Jun 2006
Deportivo-la-coruna.com reported yesterday that Lendoiro was in Madrid negotiating some possible signings for the first team. The name on top of that list is Bodipo, but another name has appeared in the past few hours – Riki. The Madrilian striker is close to signing for Depor, and has even passed the required medical tests in A Coru?a.

Lendoiro has been working on two players and it seems that his trip to Madrid has helped build the next generation of Depor’s strike zone – Bodipo (28) and Riki (25). The agreement with Alav?s for Bodipo was completed on Tuesday night. Deportivo will pay €2 million in a deal that includes a €1 million cash payment. The other million will be paid in installments and for the moment the only thing left is to ensure those payments will be made. Lendoiro should have all the necessary documents within the next few hours. It has also been reported that Bodipo’s contract will be for five years.

The other player that Lendoiro has been negotiating with is Riki. Depor's president tried to sign the Madrilian striker this past summer, but ?ngel Torres (Getafe's president) refused the deal because he thought Depor’s offer (€3 million) wasn't enough.

Now Lendoiro has convinced Torres and the deal has been closed at €4 million.  It will be a cash payment and it has been reported that the agreement could be signed soon. Riki traveled to A Coru?a yesterday and passed the required medical tests.  His contract will be for five years, meaning he could be the fourth signing for the new season after Lopo, Juan Rodr?guez and Pablo Alvarez. Curiously, he may even be the first reinforcement to be officially presented. Lendoiro is trying to secure his offensive talents for the centenario season – Bodipo, Riki and Arizmendi – while the futures of Rub?n, Xisco and Trist??n are still uncertain.

Meanwhile, it seems that Depor is also planning to make a final move for the defender Miguel ?ngel Llera (27). Deportivo-la-coruna.com previously reported that the Nastic defender will be Lendoiro's first choice if Alexis Ruano’s transfer falls through. La Voz de Galicia has reported that Depor is ready to make an offer for him, but it has also been reported that Celta is after the player.

La Voz talked with Llera and he expressed his satisfaction with the possibility of playing for either of the two Galician clubs. "It would be an honour for me to play with Depor or with Celta. They are two of the best clubs in Spain." Caparr??s knows him since he spent some time at Sevilla and it seems that the defender has been specifically recommended by the Depor coach. Llera has a buyout clause of €2 million and Lendoiro will try to reduce the amount of the transfer.

Another possible incorporation is Dudu Aouate (28).  The keeper is engaged in a small battle with Racing's president, Francisco Pern?a. For the moment Lendoiro isn't increasing his offer (€900,000).  Instead, he's chosen to wait for Pern?a’s response to the player's pressure. Racing wants to sign a renewal with Aouate, but the Israeli keeper has denied this, hoping that Pern?a will let him go to Depor.

NEGOTIATING A NEW TV DEAL
Perhaps then Lendoiro’s main interest in Madrid is one that nobody has been talking about: a new deal for the club’s TV rights. The current contract was signed with Gestsport (Sogecable) and is worth between €15 and €18 million per season. The deal ends this year and Depor's president is exploring the possibility of signing a deal with another company: Mediapro. Without doubt it's an important negotiation regarding the club’s future.

LOOKING FOR THE FOURTH PARTICIPANT IN THE TERESA HERRERA
The club also announced that the Selecci??n Gallega will not take part in the Teresa Herrera tournament. For this reason the club is now searching for one more participant. As of now, Atl?tico Madrid and AC Milan are sure to participate. The tournament will be the club’s primary celebration for the centenario.


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