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A lot of noise and not a lot of nuts (as we say over here) in the winter transfer market so far, with nothing to remotely match Mata’s big money move from Chelsea to Manchester United. In the absence of any real news, the sports papers are full of the usual rumours, but the reality is that clubs have no money to spend (with the obvious two exceptions), and are making do with one or two re-touches to the squads they have. Even so there were over 30 moves in the top two divisions since our last report a few days ago, many being loan deals to the end of the season. Valencia for example signed Napoli’s Vargas, Granada took on Liverpool’s Tiago Llori, Rayo tied up Blackburn’s Rochina, Almería moved for Sevilla’s third keeper Julián to replace Ustari, who has moved to Sunderland, etc., etc. For details on these and other moves see below. (24.01.14)

Colour coding: Green - deals ostensibly completed, but still not closed, or player on trial; Blue - deals closed now, but will take place at a later date; Red - deals closed but subsequently cancelled. Alphabetical order by first and then second division clubs.

Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
Julián Sevilla Almería GK Have signed Sevilla's third keeper on loan to end of season to replace Ustari, who has moved to Sunderland.
Ustari (ARG) Almería Sunderland (ENG) GK Ex Getafe keeper not happy about being sub, and has agreed to rescind contract and move to Premier League.
Gabriel Calderón (ARG)
Bahrein national side
MG Have fired Garrido after only 6 weeks in charge, and have appointed new coach to end of season, plus one more if he saves them from relegation.
Leo Baptistao (BZL / SPA) Atlético Madrid Betis FW Injuries kept him out of Simeone's plans, so moves on loan to get playing time.
Cristian Erbes (ARG) Boca Juniors (ARG)
MF Reported to have paid US$3 Mio for midfielder, who signs on 4 year deal. Still not confirmed though?
Sergio Rodríguez Betis B Lugo MF Promising B team player hasn't been able to break in to first team, so agrees loan move to get playing time.
Iñigo López Granada / PAOK Salonica (GRE) Celta DF Two year loan period in Greece ends early, and agrees another loan move to Vigo to replace Samuel.
Samuel Llorca Celta Alavés DF Will rejoin Mandiá on loan to end of season. Hasn't played much due to injury.
Jonathan Vila Celta Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) DF Has hardly played under Luis Enrique, and agrees terms to join ex team mate Túñez on loan to end of season.
Diego Rivas Elche / Eibar Tenerife GK Loan period at Eibar ended early, and moves to Canary Islands on loan to replace Sergio Aragoneses, who has decided to leave club.
Sammir (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
MF Brazilian born Croatian international has announced that he will be joining Getafe, but probably not until the summer.
Tiago Llori (POR) Liverpool (ENG) Granada DF Young centre back has not played all season since joining in summer, so loan deal agreed for him to get playing time.
Alfredo Ortuño La Hoya Lorca Granada / Girona FW Signed young striker from second division B side and have loaned him back out to Girona.
Fabrice (CAM) Málaga Apollo Limassol (CYP) / Zulte Waregem (BEL) FW Youngest goalscorer in the league has been signed for €0.5 Mio by Cypriot club, who will loan him on to Zulte.
Chan (PAN) / Anderson (IVC) Málaga Zulte Waregem (BEL) DF / MF Have hardly played this season, and both move on loan to Belgian side, where they will team up with Fabrice.
Acuña (PAR / SPA) Udinese (ITA) / Watford (ENG) Osasuna FW Ex Castilla & Girona striker returns to Spain on loan to end of season after spell in UK.
Rubén Rochina Blackburn Rovers (ENG) Rayo Vallecano FW Ex Barça B striker will return to Spain for another loan spell after spending half of last season at Zaragoza.
Rayo Vallecano
AS Eupen (BEL)
DF Injuries had kept him out of the side, so agrees to rescind contract and try his luck with Belgian 2nd division side.
Stevanovic (BOS) Elche Sevilla MF Have agreed to end loan period early, and will probably be loaned on elsewhere for him to get playing time pre World Cup.
Rabello (CHL) Sevilla Deportivo MF Third winter signing for Depor after Culio was sold to raise funds. Loan move. Hasn't had many chances with Emery since joining.
Vargas (CHL) Napoli (ITA) Valencia FW Pizzi has got the striker he wanted to strengthen his attack. Will join on loan to end of season at a cost of around €0.5 Mio.
Mitrovic (SER) Benfica (POR) Valladolid DF Have strengthened defence with loan signing. Omly joined Benfica in summer from Belgium.
Guillermo Méndez (URU)
Standard Liège / Sint-Truiden (BEL)
MF Duchatelet brings another of his young hopefuls to his new club. Joins Biton on loan.
Dudu Biton (ISR) Standard Liège (BEL) Alcorcón FW New owner starting to make his mark? Have signed Israeli striker on loan from one of Duchatelet's other clubs.
Nieto Racing Santander Córdoba FW Played previously for Castilla, Almería, Xerez & Numancia. Joins on free transfer to replace Strahman.
Juanlu Kalloni (GRE) Córdoba MF Ex Betis and Levante flanker returns to another of his old clubs after short spell in Greece.
Armando Córdoba New York Red Bulls (USA) DF Ex Barça B defender will join Thierry Henry's side in New York. Already had a short spell in Mexico.
Toché Panathinaikos (GRE) Deportivo FW Another prodigal son on his way back to Spain! Ex Atlético etc forward reported to be signing after rescinding contract with Greek side.
Salomao (POR) Sporting Lisbon (POR) Deportivo MF Last act of Lendoiro before stepping down was to bring back winger on loan for third season in a row.
Culio (ARG) Deportivo Al Wasl (UAE)
FW Had to let star forward go to Dubai to pay back wages and other costs. Reported fee of around €300,000.
David Mainz Willstermann (BOL) Eibar FW Striker moved to Bolivia after winning promotion from 2B last season, and returns after 6 months.
Bruno Herrero
Buriram United (TAI)
MF Ex Sevilla midfielder left Xerez for Thailand a few months ago, but has agreed terms to return to Spain.
Agostinho Cá (POR) Barcelona B Girona MF String of injuries since joining from Sporting Lisbon has meant he hasn't played much, so moves out on loan.
Oscar Rico Tenerife Jaén MF contract rescinded at Tenerife, so has accepted offer of 18 month deal with andalusians.
Aki Ienaga (JPN) Mallorca Omiya Ardija (JPN) FW Has agreed terms to rescind contract, and is expected to return to J-League.
Geromel (BZL) Mallorca Gremio Porto Alegre (BZL) DF Has agreed to return to Brazil on two year deal. Will be replaced by Cadamuro.
Pablo Teixiera / Willian José (BZL) Figueirense / Santos (BZL) Real Madrid Castilla FW Have signed two young forwards on loan with buy out option at end of season to strengthen squad.
Chelsea (ENG)
Manchester United (ENG)
MF Not a move involving Spanish teams, we know, but he is one of our boys! Star signing for Man U, who paid club record GBP37 Mio for him.