Tuesday, 31 August 2010


In a relative quiet transfer window in HNL1, Ilija Sivonjic was the major deadline day deal going out on loan to Lokomotiva from Dinamo Zagreb. Although Sivonjic has links to Zapresic, Lokomotiva stepped in to take the striker which may be to his benefit as is low on confidence as a mid table side help him better than a relegation dogfight. Sivonjic was allowed to leave Dinamo after the club signed Montenegro striker Fatos Beciraj and Slovakia's Jakub Sylvestr. Sporting Lisbon defender Tonei also came to strengthen the defence.

Hajduk Split, meanwhile rejected high bids for Senijad Ibricic from Galatasaray and signed up Colombian forward Phil Jackson as striking cover. The deal does not help the situation of Ahmad Sharbini, who already sees little action. Kreso Ljubicic is also in limbo and did not gain a transfer before the deadline. Inter Zapresic may be disappointed as to why they were not thrown their usual loanee from Dinamo Zagreb. Zapresic instead turned to free agent Matija Matko, as Sivonjic was given to Lokomotiva. Dodo would have still suited Zapresic who have to hope that Arber Abilijaj can find some form.

Strikers were also hard to find for Sibenik, who signed up Cibalia's wantaway forward Zjelko Malcic. The 28 year old does have some goalscoring history and should be able to help them. Istra, meanwhile allowed Dragan Zupan to rejoin former club NK Zadar and instead signed up Brazilian Eliomar Dos Santos. The tricky Brazilian could prove a sound purchase that could inspire ailing forward Emir Hadzic, Bosko Stupic and Armend Alimi to find their form.

In Slovenia, former Lokeron striker Tomo Sokota and ex Dinamo teammate Ante Tomic is now officially off the radar of HNL1 clubs. Sokota has signed up with Olympija Ljubljana, whilst Tomic chose Slovenian Champions Luka Koper over HNK Rijeka. Karlovac, meanwhile have money to spend as sold Mario Baric to Gent and hope to invest in free agent Karlo Primorac.