Sevilla ‘absolutely rule out’ the signing of Tottenham Hotspur star
Thursday 03 November 2011
Sevilla President, José María del Nido, has said he can ‘absolutely rule out’ the signing of Giovani dos Santos in the winter transfer market, reports AS. The Tottenham Hotspur striker has been the object of several attempts by Sevilla boss Marcelino García Toral to bring him to the Sánchez Pizjuán, but his President now appears to have lost patience with the club’s efforts to sign him.
“Giovani is not a Sevilla target in the winter market and we have not made any moves for him in that respect,” said Del Nido. He is available at a price that is beyond the bounds of what we can pay and we are moving in a different direction. I can absolutely rule out the signing of Giovani dos Santos.”
Marcelino was hoping to sign the Mexican after the pair worked together towards the end of last season at Racing Santander, with the player expressing a desire to link up again with his former boss. However, Spurs’ insistence on a permanent transfer and a refusal to let him go out on loan again appears to have put paid to any deal.
Even so, Del Nido did confirm that the Andalusians will be in the market for another striker in January and even went as far as to say what kind of frontman the team requires: “It’s Sevilla’s intention to sign another attacker with pace who can also play out wide. We are not looking for another Freddie Kanouté but more somebody like Manu del Moral.”
He then went on to confirm that director of football Monchi and the coaching staff had ruled out the signing of Brazilian hitman Dagoberto, who has been strongly linked with Los Rojiblancos in recent months. The striker, scorer of 28 goals in the Brazilian championship last season, is out of contract in April but despite partnering former Sevilla favourite Luis Fabiano in the Sao Paulo attack, Marcelino is not keen on the 28-year-old.
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