Saturday, 30 January 2010


With January's transfer window set to close on Monday, several Croatian players are still hunting for new clubs. HRVSOCCER looks at who could be set for a busy next 24 hours.

With Hajduk Split failing spectacularly to cut their squad during transfer window, the club may aim to balance the books by selling prize asset Senijad Ibricic. Blackburn are believed to be interested in the Bosnian international playmaker and could move on the player if they recoup funds through the sale of Benni McCarthy to West Ham United which is being held up by admin problems. A surprise move to the Bundesliga, Russian Premier League or Turkey also cannot be ruled out.

Staying with Hajduk Split, the club are still hoping to offload striker Ivan Rodic, defenders Marijan Buljat and Ivo Smoje, midfielder Dario Jertec, as well as former Croatia internationals Hjorve Vejic and Ante Seric. It would appear Vejic and Seric's best hopes of a transfer lie abroad. However Rodic and Smoje could stay in HNL1. Rodic's switch to Spartak Nalchik is deadlocked, but Smoje's loan move to Istra Pula could still be revived.

Karlo Primorac and Goran Mujanovic are both free agents so could move after the transfer window, but with the HNL1 season set to resume interested parties would hope to hire them as soon as possible. Karlo Primorac is interesting HNK Rijeka who have freed up some finance following Nastja Ceh's move to Israel. Similarly, Slaven Belupo may hunt for a new striker after Bojan Vrucina transferred to Hapoel Tel Aviv and are chasing Mujanovic who is also a target for Miroslav Blazevic in China.

There is not expected to be a great deal of transfer activity coming or going at Dinamo Zagreb. However the club is short of a centre back following Dejan Lovren's transfer to Lyon. The club has the funds to be buy, but may also wait and cover the position with a short term signing. 33 year old former Croatia international Stjepan Tomas would fit this requirement, as well as Dario Simic. However Dinamo may balk at the idea of relying on too many defenders in their 30's with Igor Biscan and Robert Kovac already on the staff. Tomas has been in talks with Genclerbirigli and its yet to be seen if a deal will be completed. The only realistic transfer out of Dinamo could see defender Carlos loaned out to Istra, Zapresic or Lokomotiva should his switch to China fall through.

With consideration to the fact Croatian international midfielder Jerko Leko has already spent six months out in the cold at Monaco, it was expected Leko would have already transferred. However interest from Chelsea, Dinamo Moscow and Espanjol has not led to a deal being reached. Leko is out of contract in the summer, so no great transfer fee would be required.

With Varteks still depending on transfer money, the club have not collected the expected amount from Igor Prahic parting for Sedan, Goran Mujanovic has gone free and coach Zlatko Dalic parted for China. Miljenko Mumlek remains with Varteks, whilst his deal to join Dalic has cooled. Varteks remaining prize asset striker Matija Smrekar also stays with the club, but efforts to coup the player could be made in the next 48 hours. Smrekar could also become hot property should he fire Varteks to safety during the second half of the season.