Seleznyov joins, but further moves hindered by salary cap

Seleznyov was officially presented on Thursday.
Seleznyov was officially presented on Thursday. / SUR
  • Malaga would like to bring in a central midfielder as well as someone who can add pace, but both now seem unrealistic

Ukrainian striker Yevhen Seleznyov became Malaga's first winter signing this week, arriving at La Rosaleda after getting a personal recommendation from coach Juan Ramón Muñiz.

The 33-year-old coincided with Muñiz at Dnipro for two and a half years and said on his arrival in the city on Saturday: "If I hadn't spoken with Muñiz, I would never have come."

He was officially presented on Thursday morning after passing his medical and the completion of the paperwork over his move from Akhisarspor.

His contract with the Turkish side was set to expire at the end of the season so Malaga had to pay a small fee for his services.

It is hoped that Seleznyov will be available to take on Real Zaragoza this Sunday and that he will add goals to a side that has been struggling in this regard.

Seleznyov is not the only signing the club hopes to make this window. Reinforcement in central midfield is also high on the list of priorities with Alfred N'Diaye set to miss the last portion of the season as he represents Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.

What's more, with Mamadou Koné's recovery from injury taking longer than expected, Muñiz would like to add an injection of pace to his side.

However, whether his wishes come true depend on the club's ability to move players on. With Sheikh Adbullah Al-Thani splashing 300,000 euros (40 per cent of the club's budget) in the summer on Youssef Takioullah for the youth team, there is little room for manoeuvre.