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Iván Alejo and Erik Morán on Malaga's winter wishlist

Iván Alejo (right).
Iván Alejo (right). / SUR
  • Despite the departure of Sead Haksabanovic, sales are still the priority as the club looks to balance the books

The clock is ticking for Malaga. The club has just a week of the January transfer window left to tie up a number of loose ends still pending, with sales the major priority as the club looks to bring in further reinforcements.

With takers for forward Héctor, defender Miguel Torres and midfielder Badr Boulahroud still being sought, Malaga are unable to further strengthen their squad, having already signed Ukrainian striker Yevhen Seleznov (who made his debut off the bench last Saturday).

On Friday AEK Athens midfielder Erik Morán looked set to be Malaga's second signing.

Getafe winger Iván Alejo is understood to be a target for the club, as was Udinese forward Darwin Machís, who previously enjoyed a productive spell at Granada and is now reported to have gone to Cadiz.

There has been some movement out of the club. This week, winger Sead Haksabanovic terminated his loan from English side West Ham United and joined Swedish side Norrköping until the end of the season.

However, the key to unlocking the deadlock could be the sale of winger Jony for whom an offer from Deportivo Alavés is on the table. But, as SUR reported last week, club president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani is unwilling to sanction a move for fear of appearing to be a 'small club' that sells its best players.