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THE THREE REINFORCEMENTS ASKED BY LOTINA

08 Jan 2008
Coach Miguel ?ngel Lotina and president Augusto C?sar Lendoiro maintained a dinner on Monday's night, a reunion used to define the signings that Deportivo needs in order to face the second round in la liga. The same Lotina confirmed that he wants three things: a defensive midfielder, a midfielder with an offensive view and a new striker. After the meeting, the names started to flow in the papers.

As is usual with Lendoiro, there was a late meeting on Monday in order to decide the new signings to reinforce the squad. This time the meeting took place at the restaurant El Manjar, second coach Ribera and Richard Moar were also there -see the picture. Previous to the reunion, coach Lotina assured in a TV interview that: "We will have signings, the president will do anything he can in order fulfil this."

Depor's coach announced the occurrence of this meeting on Saturday, he assured that this reunion would be used to define the names and the positions to reinforce in the squad. After the meeting, Lotina confirmed in Radio Onda Cero what are his priorities "We want a defensive midfielder, another midfielder with an offensive view and a striker."

The Basque coach didn't appointed any name as target, but the journalist in La Coru?a speculated with two names: Miguel ?ngel Ferrer 'Mista' (29) and Rodrigo Palacio (25). Asked about this options, Lotina just answered that this names are already in his wishing list to Lendoiro.

 But this two are difficult options to fulfil, Mista isn't enjoying of opportunities at Atl?tico Madrid, he has only played 16 minutes on this season, but his agent Manuel Garc?a Quil??n doesn't want to know anything about Depor, as he said to newspaper La Opini??n A Coru?a: "The player wants to stay at Atl?tico (Madrid). He's entering into the list of called players despite been behind Ag??ero and Forl??n, besides he isn't a 22-year-old boy to be going on loan to another place. If he would go out, it will be in a final transfer. He already had offers from Espanyol during the summer, as example, and he rejected it, but from Depot we haven't heard anything."

The second option for the striking zone is more difficult to concrete, Palacio is the diamond of Boca Juniors and his transfer will cost more than €15 million. In fact, the Argentinean club already rejected offers from Barcelona and Juventus. Without doubt, a target out of Depor's market.

And the newest name to join the list is Omar Bravo (27). Sportpapers AS and Deporte Campe??n (DxT) wrote on Tuesday that the Mexican striker could have an offer from Deportivo after refusing to sign an extension of contract with his current team, Chivas de Guadalajara. Bravo was the best scorer in the past Torneo Clausura 2007 and was linked with Depor during the summer, now Chivas could be forced to negotiate his transfer since his contract ends in June of the present year. Rub?n P?rez, the agent of the player, talked in Radio Galicia and said that Deportivo hasn't talked with him about this issue. P?rez also assured that despite the extension of the contract hasn't been signed, Chivas doesn't want to negotiate a possible transfer.

The arrival of the new striker is considered as the priority for Lotina, as he appointed to newspaper La Opini??n "I will suggest other positions to the president, but the priority is the striking zone." And the other positions that Lotina wants to reinforce are located in midfield, more precisely a defensive option and a player with the capacity to create game. No names were given by the coach, but the papers are appointing to three Argentinean names: Augusto Fern??ndez (21), Agust?n Pelletieri (25) and Cristian Pellerano (25).

Augusto Fern??ndez is an offensive midfielder that was linked with Depor in October of the past year, he belongs to River Plate and played sixteen game in the Torneo Apertura 2007 scoring one goal.  It was previously speculated that River Plate will ask for €5 million in order to fulfill the transfer. Meanwhile, Pellerano and Pelletieri have been linked with Depor during the last two months, both are Argentineans and play as defensive midfielders. Pellerano belongs to Racing de Avellaneda and it has been rumored that his contract ends in June of the present year, while Pelletieri belongs to Lan??s and his price has been estimated in  €5 million.

Another case is the one of Marcio Sousa (21), the Portuguese appeared in sportpaper A Bola affirming that he was near to sign for Fabril, but officials from the club talked with Radio Onda Cero and affirmed that it was an option studied by coach Tito Ramallo and Depor's officials, but that nothing was for granted.

Finally, it has been rumored that Besiktas JK is trying to sign Fabricio Coloccini. An official from this club said to local station that the Turkey club is wishing to sign the Argentinean defender, but he also assured his club can't paid the €6 million asked by Deportivo. However, Coloccini talked with the website Riazor.org, the ex-Milan defender affirmed that he hasn't received any offer and that he won't consider any transfer until the season ends.


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