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WILL DEPOR WAIT FOR XISCO?

08 Jul 2011
Deportivo needs another striker ahead of the new season; Nino was the first choice, and now all appoints that Xisco is the priority, but a final decision about his future will last some weeks. Will Depor wait for him?

Everybody knows that Deportivo needs a new striker in order to solve, once and for all, its scoring problems, but until this point the club has been unable to close a signing for this role. Last season Depor only scored 31 goals, which was the third worst mark within the last decade at Primera and one of the main reasons why the Galician team ended at Segunda División.

There are many causes that explains this draught, among them the lack of a real top-scorer at the team; and that’s what Deportivo is trying to find at the summer market. The first choice was always Nino as he was the preferred option of new coach José Luis Oltra, but he ended signing for Osasuna.

At the beginning of June Depor Sport was writing about other four options; three of them are already discarded. José Verdú Nicolás, 'Toché' was close to renew for Cartagena and now he has been linked with Hércules CF; Alexandre Geijo has gone to recently promoted club Granada CF, while Jonathan Soriano is thinking of playing at the Premier League.

So, it seems that now there’s only one target: ‘Xisco’ Jiménez Tejada. Lendoiro admitted last week that the club wants the Majorcan striker and that he wants to return to Deportivo, but that the obstacle is to convince Newcastle United.

And there’s when the problems begin; The Magpies paid €11.5 million for him in 2008 and want to recover part of the investment or at least save some money as they have to pay £5 million (€5.58 million) in wages over the next two years; they have contacted several Spanish clubs offering the player, while Depor only wants to receive the striker on loan paying the same amount of last season, but for the whole year (apparently Depor paid €200,000 for six months). Off course Newcastle doesn’t agree and is searching for other options, but since nobody is interested it might force both clubs to search for an agreement.

The point is that Newcastle will wait until the last days of the summer transfer window, if it’s necessary, in order to search for another solution. On this week Newcastle’s team started the pre-season and it is pretty clear that Xisco isn’t part of the plans of coach Alan Pardew, the same one that discarded him on the past campaign, so he will surely leave St James' Park. The big question is if Depor will risk waiting until the end of August or if the Galicians will search for another choices before the deadline.

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