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Haksabanovic has joined on a season-long loan move from West Ham United.
Haksabanovic has joined on a season-long loan move from West Ham United. / Malaga CF

A busy week of transfer action at La Rosaleda

  • Alfred N'Diaye and Gustavo Blanco are set to complete moves, following Pau Torres and Sead Haksabanovic through the door this week

It may have taken a while for the Malaga transfer machine to get into gear, but the club is now making up for lost time and is close to welcoming four new arrivals in the space of three days.

After defender Ignasi Miquel completed a 3.5-million-euro move to Getafe, as well as last week's loan departure of Michael Santos to Leganés, funds and squad places have been freed up for Malaga to bring in new players.

On Monday, centre-back Pau Torres joined from Villarreal on a season-long loan deal; the 21-year-old will compete for a starting place with Luis Hernández and Diego González. Sporting director José Luis Caminero also hopes to add an experienced centre-half to the squad before the close of the window with Sporting Gijón's Álex Pérez top of the list, though Malaga have been told by the Asturian side that they must increase their opening offer. This comes after coach Juan Ramón Muñiz decided that veteran Miguel Torres was not part of his plans.

The second arrival on Monday was West Ham winger Sead Haksabanovic. The Montenegrin, who turned 19 in May, also joins on loan having been persuaded by former Malaga boss, Manuel Pellegrini (now at West Ham), that Malaga was a club that could encourage his development.

Most comfortable on the left-hand side, Haksabanovic made his debut in the Swedish league at just 15 and is already a full international with Montenegro.

Blanco and N'Diaye incoming

With Youssef En-Nesyri close to joining Michael Santos at Leganés, Malaga are on the lookout now for two new forwards, having already brought in Héctor from Atlético Madrid last week.

A deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Gustavo Blanco, 26, has been agreed and he is expected in the city on Wednesday to complete a medical.

Likewise, Villarreal central midfielder Alfred N'Diaye, who spent last season on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers, is also expected to join. His arrival, however, will most likely trigger the departure of a current midfielder in the squad, the identity of whom is not yet clear.

Plenty more to come

These four will certainly not be the last players to arrive before the start of the season. Up to seven more could yet be welcomed at La Rosaleda with the club actively looking for, as mentioned previously, a centre-back and two forwards, but also a goalkeeper and a right-back after both Andrés Prieto and Roberto Rosales told the club that they were seeking pastures new.

Another winger and an attacking midfielder are also on the wish-list but are not the greatest priorities at present.