February 1, 2017

European transfer deadline day briefs

European transfer deadline day briefs

Watford’s French midfielder Younes Kaboul (C) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Watford at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 31, 2017. AFP PHOTO

European transfer briefs on Tuesday, the final day of the January window:

Anwar El Ghazi (Lille)

Dutch international forward Anwar El Ghazi penned a four-and-half-year deal with Lille after joining the French side from Ajax. The 21-year-old scored 23 goals in 101 matches for the Amsterdam club and has been capped twice for the Netherlands.

Lucas Ocampos (AC Milan)

Italian giants AC Milan snapped up Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos on loan from Genoa until the end of the season. The 22-year-old was shipped to Genoa by parent club Marseille in June, with Ocampos scoring three goals in 17 appearances for the Serie A side. He arrives at the San Siro to offset the departure of French striker M’Baye Niang to Watford.

Taye Taiwo (Lausanne Sport)

Former Nigeria international Taye Taiwo could make his debut for Lausanne Sport on Sunday after signing a six-month deal with the Swiss outfit following his exit from HJK Helsinki. The ex-Marseille left-back, who won the French league title in 2010, has earned 54 caps for Nigeria and played for his country at the 2010 World Cup.

Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan)

Australia centre-back Trent Sainsbury joined Inter Milan from sister club Jiangsu Suning, also owned by Chinese electronics retailer Suning, on loan for the remainder of the Serie A season. Sainsbury, 25, spent two years at Zwolle in the Dutch top flight before moving to China last January. He has played 21 matches for the Socceroos and was part of the side that won the 2015 Asian Cup.

Anthony Mounier (Atalanta)

French winger Anthony Mounier ultimately stayed in Italy and signed for Atalanta after his loan move from Bologna to Saint-Etienne was terminated following strong backlash from of a section of the French club’s fans. The cause of the uproar? Mounier, 29, started his career with Saint-Etienne’s bitter rivals, Lyon.

Lacina Traore (Sporting Gijon)

La Liga strugglers Sporting Gijon signed Ivorian international striker Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco to bolster their bid for survival. Traore’s nomadic career has taken him to now eight different clubs in six countries, including two appearances on loan at Everton in the 2013/14 season. He scored six goals in 21 appearances on loan at CSKA this season.

Adama Traore (Rio Ave)

Mali international midfielder Adama Traore was shipped out to modest Portuguese side Rio Ave on loan after finding first-team opportunities limited at Monaco. Traore, voted player of the tournament at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup, had scored two goals in seven games for the Ligue 1 side this season and just returned from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Lucas Silva (Cruzeiro)

Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva returned to Brazilian side Cruzeiro on an 18-month loan deal, two years after leaving his homeland to join the Spanish giants. Silva joined Madrid for 13 million euros ($13.9 million) in 2015, but made just nine appearances for the European champions before being shipped out on loan to Marseille last season. He hasn’t played at all this season after not being given a squad number at Madrid.

Nabil El Zhar (Leganes)

Released by Las Palmas, El Zhar joins struggling La Liga rivals Leganese on an 18-month contract, with an option for another year. El Zhar, capped 10 times by Morocco, previously played for Liverpool and Levante and the midfielder has this season scored three goals in 12 matches in the Spanish league.

Romain Alessandrini (Los Angeles Galaxy)

French midfielder Romain Alessandrini has joined Los Angeles Galaxy. The 27-year-old Marseille-born player learned his trade at his local club before leaving for Gueugnon in 2005. After stints in Clermont and Rennes he returned to Ligue 1 Marseille in 2014, but his three-year spell was overshadowed by injuries and falling out of favour with sections of the home fans. “Alessandrini will join the LA Galaxy for training during the preseason campaign at a later date,” the US club said.

Jorginho (Saint-Etienne)

Portuguese winger Jorginho has left Portugal first division club Arouca to join Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on loan, with an option to buy. Jorge Fernando Barbosa Intima, 21 and originally from Guinea-Bissau, came through the youth ranks at Manchester City’s academy and is an under-19 international for Portugal.

Fabian Orellana (Valencia)

Chilean international Orellana arrives on loan from Celta Vigo until the end of the season with an option to buy. Orellana was a key member of the Celta side that achieved their highest La Liga finish for a decade in sixth last season. However, he was cast aside by coach Eduardo Berizzo due to an “unacceptable lack of respect”. Orellana scored 37 goals and provided 27 assists in 172 appearances with Celta since 2013.

Préjuce Nakoulma, Sergio Oliveira (Nantes)

Burkina Faso international striker Nakoulma joins Ligue 1 Nantes who have also acquired Portuguese midfielder Sergio Oliveira on loan from Porto. Nakoulma, 29, who will play the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals on Wednesday against Egypt, has signed for two years from Turkish club Kayserispor. Oliveira, 24, has played just 20 minutes for Porto this season but was on the Portuguese squad at the Rio Olympics. He has been loaned until the end of the season with an option to buy.

Juan Carlos Paredes (Olympiakos)

Ecuadorian international defender Paredes has been loaned by English side Watford to Greek champions Olympiakos for an undisclosed sum with the option to buy. Paredes, 29, has 68 caps with the Ecuador national team while for Watford he played 56 matches since 2014. He has also played for Ecuadorian sides Barcelona SC, Deportivo Quito, Rocafuerte, Deportivo Cuenca and Huracan SC.

Vinicius Freitas (AEK Athens)

Brazilian defender Vinicius Freitas has signed a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee with AEK Athens with an option for an additional season. Freitas, 23, has four caps with the Brazilian Under-21 squad and on a club level has played for FC Zurich, Perugia and Padova.

Mubarak Wakaso (Granada)

Greek club Panathinaikos have loaned Ghanaian international winger Wakaso to Spanish side Granada for six months. Wakaso, 26, has 49 caps for Ghana and 12 goals. He played in only eight matches this season for Panathinaikos and has also played on a club level with Las Palmas, Celtic, Rubin Kazan, Espanyol, Villarreal, Elche and Ashanti Gold.