Norwegian striker Rune Lange has agreed a one-year contract extension until summer 2006 with Club Brugge KV. The 27-year-old moved to Belgium in April 2001 from Trabzonspor and has since scored 44 goals in 92 league matches and 12 in 30 games in European competition.
R. Excelsior Mouscron have signed Faruk Atalay until the end of the season, after the Turkish midfield player reached an agreement to end his contract with R. Antwerp FC of the Belgian second division. Mouscron have an option to sign the 25-year-old on a three-year contract if he impresses.
Meanwhile, Mouscron goalkeeper Franky Vandendriessche has been cleared of an earlier doping accusation. The 33-year-old tested positive for a banned substance after a fixture at KVC Westerlo on 23 September but has subsequently proved that he used it to alleviate a back problem.
Portuguese side CF OS Belenenses have unveiled former Goiás EC central defender Renato as their latest signing. The Lisbon club have an option to tie the Brazilian Under-20 international to a permanent contract at the season's end. Belenenses were today drawn against CF Estrela da Amadora in the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup. SL Benfica face SC Beira-Mar, SC Braga travel to Vitória FC and CS Marítimo play Boavista FC in the other ties, scheduled for 2 March.
The Blackburn Rovers FC defender Andy Todd has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract at Ewood Park. The 30-year-old joined from Charlton Athletic FC in May 2000 and was out of contract in the summer. He fell out of favour with former manager Graeme Souness but has become a regular under current incumbent Mark Hughes.
North of the border, Lithuanian businessman Vladimir Romanov has paved the way for a takeover of Scottish Premier League side Heart of Midlothian FC after a statement to the Stock Exchange confirmed he had bought chief executive Chris Robinson's 19.6 per cent stake, making him the largest shareholder with a majority of 29.9 per cent. Robinson had argued for the sale of Tynecastle and a move to Murrayfield Stadium, the home of Scottish rugby, to reduce the club's reported debts of €29m, but Romanov believes Tynecastle can be made viable.
Staying in Scotland, young defender Callum MacDonald has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Dundee FC. Neighbours Dundee United FC have allowed Scott Paterson to return to former club Partick Thistle FC on loan until the summer. The central defender joined United from Partick two years ago but has been troubled by a knee injury.
Russian side FC Lokomotiv Moskva have now offloaded a total of six players in the mid-season break following today's sale of Nemanja Vucicevic to TSV 1860 München and Leandro Azavedo's loan switch to Brazilian side SC Fluminense.
The 26-year-old Armenian international midfield player Romik Khachatryan has left Cypriot side APOEL FC to sign for OFI Crete FC in Greece. Canadian striker Charles Gbeke, meanwhile, has arrived at struggling Danish Superliga club Herfølge BK from Ottawa Wizards.
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