Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Although the transfer window closed on Monday in many countries across Europe, HNL1 sides cannot rest yet as clubs in the Russian league can still acquire players up until March. FK Moscow are preparing a bid for Osijek Josip Knezevic, whilst Hajduk's want away striker Ivan Rodic could still move to Spartak Nalchik.

Istra 1961 midfielder Khallilou Traore is also keen on a switch to the Russian Premier League. Dinamo Zagreb meanwhile seem unlikely to part with another player, having heavily trimmed the squad. Although it was thought Dinamo would allow Ivica Vrdoljak to transfer abroad, the sale of Carlos, Matias Chago and Dejan Lovren has left Dinamo short in midfield and defensive areas meaning Vrdoljak is now essential to Krunoslav Jurcic's plan. It is uncertain of Hajduk's attitude to any bids for Senijad Ibricic from the East. However Hajduk would be more keen on offloading Ivo Smoje, Marijan Buljat, Dario Jertec, Ante Seric and Hjorve Vejic who train away from Hajduk's first team squad on full pay.

Sibenik's Ermin Zec and Mehmed Alispahic could still prove attractive additions for Russian clubs. Although Osijek could part with Knezevic it is unlikely they would welcome any further bids for star players Domogoj Vida, Ivan Milicevic or Vedran Jugovic. Varteks may having be more willing to listen to interest in their star striker Matija Smrekar due to the clubs financial problems.

Meanwhile Dinamo Moscow could still rescue Jerko Leko from his nightmare at Monaco. It is not thought Leko would run down his contract with the French club which expires in the summer and would still welcome a transfer to the East.