Last minute shopping
Here is some transfer news just before the closing of January’s transfer window.
In the UK, Portsmouth is trying to sign Dynamo Moscow striker Dmitri Bulykin. Middlesbrough is believed to have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign Geremi, but the player has stalled the move. Bobo Balde had not made a decision about a move to Middlesbrough but expect it to happen since it looks like Swiss international defender Stephane Henchoz will leave Liverpool to join Celtic for the rest of the season.
In Spain, Edu’s move to Valencia is still pending and Real Madrid is still trying for Brazilian club Santos forward Robinho. Barcelona have signed experienced former AC Milan midfielder Demetrio Albertini.
In Germany, Bundesliga strugglers Monchengladbach has made several moves as Elber joins Wesley Sonck and former Tottenham goalkeeper Kasey Keller as newcomers to the club, which is trying to avoid relegation.
Hertha Berlin is reportedly close to signing Turkish forward Ilhan Mansiz who, if you recall played very well at the 2002 World Cup.
French club Marseille are likely to sign Japan midfielder Koji Nakata from J-League club Kashima Antlers.