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THE POSITIONS TO REINFORCE

15 Jun 2012
The club is trying to complete five more signings during the summer window, though the exact number will depend on the exits from the squad. So far Deportivo has only closed one: Portuguese centre midfielder André Santos.

President Lendoiro said one week ago that Deportivo will complete six signings during the summer window, though he also clarified that the exact number of operations will depend on the number of exits from the club. For now the club is interesting in reinforcing the left-back position, midfield, the left wing and the striker’s role.

Depor announced the signing of centre midfielder André Santos (23 Sporting CP); the club lasted one week in confirming the operation as it was negotiating some of the clauses in the loan. This is one of the positions to reinforce as Oltra wants an alternative to Juan Dominguez. The club could even sign a second centre midfielder, this since Hugo Viana (29, Sporting Braga) has been linked with the club in recent days.

There are other three positions that Deportivo wants to reinforce: the first one is the left-back position. The exit of Morel is leaving Oltra with the only alternative of Ayoze, so the options are to sign a new contract with Raul Garcia or choose a new signing, so far Portuguese Tiago Pinto (24, Rio Ave FC) is the name that has been linked with the Galician outfit.

Oltra also needs to reinforce the left wing, because no matter Deportivo has extended the loan spell of Diogo Salomão, the exits of Guardado and Pablo Álvarez are leaving the Valencian coach with only three wingers at the team, and two of them are right-footed (Saul and Bruno Gama).

 It seems that the preferred choice is Diego Buonanotte (24, Malaga CF), this since the Argentine man is not only an alternative for the position, but also to serve as a replacement for Valerón. Other winger linked with Depor and that also performs as a playmaker is Luís Miguel Afonso ´Pizzi’ (22, Sporting Braga), so it seems that the club is searching for a multifunctional player in order to cover the spot.

The third position that Depor needs to reinforce is the same one of recent years: the striker’s role. Lassad won’t return and it seems improbable that the club will try to negotiate a new loan spell with Xisco, so for now Riki is the only alternative at Oltra’s squad.

So far the names of strikers linked with Deportivo are: Francisco Alcácer (19, Valencia CF), Leonardo Ulloa (26, UD Almeria), Helder Postiga (29, Real Zaragoza) and Marco Fabian (22, CD Guadalajara). The club could even end making two signings for this position.

Later, Deportivo could try to reinforce other two positions depending of the renewals; that’s the case of the goalkeeping position and the centre of the defense. Depor is waiting for the response from Lux and Colotto, both have received renewal offers, and at the same time Lendoiro is exploring options in the market, for now the name of Valentin Roberge (24, CP Martimo) has been mentioned as an option for the centre of the defense, while b>Javi Varas (29, Sevilla CF) is the mentioned option for the goal.

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