Tuesday, 19 January 2010


Hajduk Split face a fight to trim their first team squad before transfer deadline with only Paraiba and Thiaquinho having left the club so far. Josko Svasgusa meantime has so far succeeded in seperating Marijan Buljat, Hjorve Vejic, Ante Seric and Dario Jertec from the rest of the playing staff, but on full pay as attempts to restructure the wage bill continue to flounder. Hajduk hope for Buljat, Vejic, Seric and Jertec to transfer, but it would appear unlikely the players would accept lower terms to go elsewhere considering their disinterest in reducing their wages with Hajduk. In the meantime Hajduk have recalled Matej Jonjic and Goran Jozinovic from Zadar to cover the loss of Vejic and Seric. Vejic's departure also sees Jurica Buljat back in Edy Reja's plans. However Ivo Smoje will be shipped out the Pula 1961 and Ivan Rodic is close to a move to Russia Premier League club Spartak Nalchik. Mladen Pelaic has recovered from his serious injury, but its not yet know Hajduk's plan for the former Standard Liege and NK Zagreb player.

HNK Rijeka have far less problems with the size of their staff and are instead looking to bolster their numbers. Nenad Gracan expressed his satisfaction with the improved fitness of Radomir Dalovic and Nastja Ceh who look set for key roles in the remainder of the season. The club will however not count on Johann Smith who has been told to search for a new employer. Rijeka are interested in improving their forward line with either Osijek striker Karlo Primorac or Varteks attacking midfielder Goran Mujanovic. Mujanovic would be a long term replacement for highly rated loanee Ramon Fernandez, whilst Primorac is near the end of his contract with Osijek.

Rijeka may also be interested by the possible release of Dario Smoje from Pananios. The 31 year old who experienced success with Dinamo Zagreb, Gent and spent time with AC Milan is a former youth product of Rijeka. Dinamo Zagreb's Ante Tomic and Varteks Matija Smrekar are also yet to find new clubs. Dinamo have however had more success offloading Brazilian left back Carlos who signs with China's Shandong Luneng coached by Branko Ivankovic.

Dinamo's big name summer signing is also heading out the club, as Celta Vigo look set to end Dmitrios Papadopoulos's Maksimir nightmare. Papadopoulos will move to the Spanish Segunda Liga side till the end of the season. His depature leaves Tomic and Argentine attacker Guilermo Suarez as the only players on Dinamo's transfer list who are yet to find a new club.