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THE FOUR TARGETS FOR THE STRIKING ZONE

10 Jan 2008
Lotina already appointed that the priority in this winter window is to reinforce the striking zone. Despite the names in the list of candidates were supposed to be a secret, <i>Depor Sport</i> has came out with a list of the four main candidates for the job: Argentineans Alfredo Moreno and Marco Rub?Šn., Serbian Mateja Kezman and the Chilean Humberto Suazo.

Coach Miguel Angel Lotina said on Wednesday that the main target for the winter market is to reinforce the attacking zone, more in concrete, to sign a new striker that would guarantee goals. The Basque trainer refused to give names since it would increase the prices, but Depor Sport came out on Thursday with the short-list that Deportivo is analysing, the front cover was showing the title "There you have goals!".  For the moment, president Lendoiro is in Madrid trying to fulfil the options. The following is a resume of the four candidates appointed by Deportivo's paper:

1- Alfredo Moreno (28): This Argentinean striker exploded in Mexico during the past Torneo Apertura 2007, he ended the tournament with 18 goals in 16 matches and was proclaimed 'pichichi' of the Mexican league. Before to his arrival to San Luis, he played at Necaxa (also in Mexico) during the previous four years, period in which he scored 42 goals in 125 matches.

Moreno began his career at Boca Juniors, Depor Sport emphasises that he won the copa Libertadores with the Argentinean club, but the truth is that he only played six games in two years with the Argentinean club (he scored two goals). It seems that his scoring record at San Luis is what has called the attention of Depor's officials.

2- Mateja Kezman (29): The Serbian striker is very well known by Depor's fans. He was the goalscorer at PSV Eindhoven and later he was transferred to Atl?Štico Madrid, but he didn't succeed there, reason why he ended at Fenerbache. Lotina likes him for his experience.

3- Humberto Suazo (26): This Chilean striker appeared in the headlines during the past Copa America, tournament in which he scored three goal, including one against Brazil that was label as one of the best ones in the 2007 edition. Nicknamed 'Chupete', Suazo has also shined in his past clubs, he scored 35 goals within the Clausura 2006 and the Apertura 2006 with Colo-Colo in Chile. In fact, he was the second best scorer in the world during the season 2006/2007, just behind Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

But everything started to fail after he was transferred to Monterey in Mexico, an operation that took place in July of the past year after the copa America. 'Chupete' was only able to score three goals in twelve matches played in the Apertura 2006 and was labeled by the papers as one of the three worst transfers in Mexico. Depor Sport assured that he was followed by Depor at the beginning of the present season and that other clubs in Europe are chasing him.

4-. Marco Gast??n Rub?Šn (21): This Argentinean forward is the most unknown of the four choices and also the younger one. He was appointed by the same Depor Sport as one of the candidates to reinforce the squad during the start of the present season. Rub?Šn started his career at Rosario Central, club in which he scored 18 goals in 47 matches within Torneo Apertura 2005, Torneo Clausura 2006 and Torneo Apertura 2006.

River Plate got interested in him and he was signed during the past year, at the end the young striker ended the year with 7 goals in 20 matches with his new club. Depor Sport described him as one of the new pearls  in Argentina and appoints that his arrival would be possible in a loan operation that would include a buyout option.


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