Malaga left it late but they got their business done on a busy transfer deadline day on Thursday.
First, a loan deal for Getafe winger Iván Alejo finally got over the line in the early evening. The wide man, 23, who is comfortable playing on either flank, reinforces an area of the field that coach Juan Ramón Muñiz had been unhappy with, frequently turning to youth players Hicham and Hugo Vallejo to plug the gaps in his squad.
Then, as the clock started to tick towards midnight, a late flurry of action saw another two coming in and two going out.
With Andrés Prieto being allowed to join Leganés on a free earlier in the week, a new third-choice goalkeeper was being sought and he came in the form of Axel Werner. The 22-year-old terminated his loan deal with Huesca and signed for Malaga from Atlético Madrid until the end of the season.
Left-back Rajko Brežančić followed, also from Huesca, who terminated his contract. He joins on a one-and-a-half year deal.
Going the other way, surprisingly, was Juanpi. The diminutive midfielder, who had started to force his way back into the coach's plans, heads to the side from Aragón on loan until the end of the season.
Also on his way out was Héctor. His time at Malaga has come to end after the club terminated his loan from Atlético Madrid. Though it was known at the start of January that this was the club's intention all along, Atleti left it late to sanction the deal as they waited for Rayo Majadahonda to agree to cover the same proportion of his wages that Malaga had until now.
In total, Malaga made five signings in the winter window with Alejo, Werner and Brežančić following Ukrainian striker Yevhen Seleznov and Spanish midfielder Erik Morán through the door at La Rosaleda.