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TWO MORE NAMES IN THE LIST OF RUMOURS

02 Jun 2008
V�ctor Casades�s and Robinson Zapata are the last two names added to the list of rumours for the summer market. The first one is a striker that already played in Primera Divisi�n with RCD Mallorca and that spent the current season loaned at Real Sociedad. The second is a Colombian keeper that has performed with FC Steaua Bucuresti in Rumania.

With the first and second squad already on vacations, president Lendoiro could start planning the next season for both teams. The priority is to find a place for the players that don't count for coach Lotina and for the youngsters that won't continue at Fabril. Later to fulfil the buyout options over the players that performed on loan on the previous season (Lafita, Filipe and maybe Wilhelmsson). And finally, to secure the arrival of the reinforcements already asked by Lotina -they defined this during a meeting that took place on the last week.

One of this incorporation was already completed: Omar Bravo. And the club will study in the next weeks the rest of reinforcements for the season 2008/2009. Two of the positions that everybody knows will experience major chances are the goalkeeping position and the striking zone, precisely the last rumours are appointing to two candidates for those positions.

The first name is V�ctor Casades�s Castano (23). This Majorcan striker has played three seasons and a half with the first team of RCD Mallorca. He debuted in la liga 2004/2005 during a match against Valencia and since then, he has completed 83 matches in Primera Divisi�n scoring 13 goals. He played in all the 38 liga games of the season 2006/2007, but with the arrival of Guiza and Oscar Trejo to the squad, coach Gregorio Manzano wasn't counting with him for the 2007/2008 campaign.

He only played 10 games between August and December of the past year and that's why V�ctor decided to search for an exit. He was loaned to Real Sociedad in December. Since his arrival to the Basque team, the Majorcan striker has played sixteen games and has scored six goals, including three within his last two appearances with the squad. However, V�ctor is living the same situation faced at Mallorca. He was a normal starter with coach Eizmendi, but since he was replaced with coach Juan Manuel Lillo, he has only played twice as an starter.

Real Sociedad has the option to buy him at the end of the season, this buyout option is for �2.5 million and it has been known the Basque club will do so, but only if they achieve the promotion to Primera Divisi�n. Right now Real Sociedad is fourth in the table and its fighting with Sporting Gij�n and M�laga for the final two tickets to Primera. According to sportpaper Marca, V�ctor is on Depor's agenda in case that Real Sociedad fails in its quest for the promotion, the source speculates the cost of the operation will be the same one stipulated in the loan contract with Real Sociedad: �2.5 million.

Meanwhile, Newspaper La Voz de Galicia is appointing that Depor is following a Colombian keeper: Robinson Zapata (30). This goalkeeper has had a long career in several clubs from America: Am�rica de Cali (1998-2000 and 2003-2004), Real Cartagena (2001-2002), Rosario Central (2004), Independiente (2005), Belgarano (2005), Deportes La Serena -Chile- (2006) and C�cuta Deportivo (2006-2007).

It was at C�cuta Deportivo where he started to call the attention of some European clubs after the Colombian team reached the semi-finals in copa Libertadores. Then Zapata signed a four-year contract with  FC Steaua Bucuresti in June of the past year, he even played the Champions League with the Rumanian team (season 2007/2008). According to La Voz, Depor, Valencia and Sevilla have asked about the situation of the Colombian keeper. Curiously, it has been reported the idol of Zapata is Peter Rufau, an ex-keeper of Depor. The amount of the possible transfer wasn't revealed.

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