Spanish central midfielder Erik Morán became Malaga's second signing of the January transfer window on Tuesday having completed the necessary paperwork and passed a medical.
The 27-year-old joins on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy from Greek side AEK Athens, where he has hardly featured at all this season.
Morán, who is defensively minded but comfortable in possession, has had experience of playing in Spain, both in La Liga and Segunda having represented Athletic Club, Leganés and Real Zaragoza.
He was signed for the Greek side in the summer by fellow Spaniard Manolo Jiménez but the coach has since left the club, leaving Morán in the wilderness.
Morán will give Juan Ramón Muñiz’s side more depth in the middle of the park - a position where they have been left short since the sale of José Recio (to Leganés) and the release of Manuel Iturra during the summer. What’s more, with Alfred N’Diaye’s expected absence at the African Cup of Nations during the final month of the season, recruiting a new central midfielder has been a priority for sporting director José Luis Caminero this window.
The Basque will is the Blue and Whites’ second signing this winter after the arrival earlier in the month of Ukrainian striker Yevhen Seleznov.
Morán is not likely to be ready in this for Friday’s game against Almeria but will most likely feature against Las Palmas the following week.