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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE WINTER'S MARKET?

07 Dec 2005
With the winter window around the corner, just like what happened in the last summer market, the rumours about new signings and departures are in the headlines everyday. Deportivo-la-coruna.com presents a summary of what can be expected for the next 30 days.

The club has completed the 25 spots for the first squad and the intention is to open spaces for youngsters coming from Fabril and for possible reinforcements. At least 4 places must be cleared for these reasons. At this point the clearest cases are C?©sar and Pablo Amo.  Both players will probably be sold in January, but other exits like Jes??s Mu?±oz, Acu?±a and V?­ctor seem improbable. The following is a review of each case:

C?©sar: He's the first name on the departure list.  His agent Eugenio Botas is trying to put him on the English market and three clubs seem interested in his services – Tottenham, Bolton and Middlesbrough. Another tempting option that Lendoiro has is to exchange him for Guayre. If at the end there are no interesting offers for him, C?©sar will continue until the end of the season and then he will probably go on a free transfer to Celta or Villarreal.

Pablo Amo: He has been contacted by Mallorca and Racing Santander. He was close to the Cantabrian club last summer, but in the end Lendoiro's economic expectations weren't fulfilled. In the next few days both clubs will contact Depor to negotiate his exit. The main problem is that Deportivo's president wants Amo’s new club to pay his full salary for the present season.  Instead, Mallorca and Racing only want to pay a part of it.

Jes??s Mu?±oz and 'Toro' Acu?±a: Both players didn't count for Irureta and the situation is similar with Caparr??s. Mu?±oz ends his contract next year and the Paraguayan midfielder in 2007. No offers for their services are expected and the most probable scenario is that they will continue with the squad until their contracts expire.

V?­ctor: The Madrilian winger would like to end his career at Depor, but the expectations from club officials aren't clear at this point. It's possible that a renovation will be negotiated since Caparr??s trusts him, but if an agreement isn't reached he will continue with the team until June next year and then he will search for a new club.

H?©ctor: Renewed by Lendoiro and forgotten by Caparr??s. H?©ctor tried to leave during the summer, but there weren’t any offers for him. Now he will try to push once again, but it won't happen until June. The club is only waiting for an interesting offer.

Momo: He isn't in Caparr??s’ plans, at least in the short term. Las Palmas wanted him, but he prefers to stay in the Primera. For the moment, Momo will continue to fight for a place in the squad, but if any interesting offers arrive Lendoiro will try to loan him out.

Mun??a: The Uruguayan keeper doesn't count in Caparr??s’ plans.  Deportivo will try to sell him or at least negotiate an exchange for another player as happened in the failed transactions of Man?? and Javi Fuego. It’s unlikely that his exit will occur in January, more likely in June.

THE REINFORCEMENTS
Lendoiro’s plans for the next summer aren't clear at this moment, but for now the prerogative is to find one striker and if possible a winger. There are two names appearing in the headlines:

Ikechukwu Uche: He's close to Depor since the club and the player himself have had a precontract for four years. The problem is that Recreativo won't agree to sell him for pennies – instead they will try to recollect the highest amount of money possible. It’s unlikely that he will arrive in January, but the Nigerian player will be one of the main targets in June.

Javier Arizmendi: The Madrilian striker has one foot in Deportivo. For now, the only obstacle is that Atl?©tico Madrid want to sell him, but with a special clause letting them recapture the player in the future. Arizmendi has other offers coming from Betis and Mallorca, but his agent, Manuel Garc?­a Quil??n states that he prefers Deportivo. If nothing out of the ordinary happens he will be the Galician club’s next signing.


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