SL Benfica have loaned winger Carlitos to Vitória FC for the remainder of the season as part of the deal that took goalkeeper Moretto and defender José Fonte to the Estádio da Luz earlier this month. The 23-year-old Carlitos has been limited to just one Benfica appearance this term. Vitória have also recruited Portugal Under-21 forward Silvestre Varela on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal for the next six months. Another addition to the Setubal team's ranks is 23-year-old goalkeeper Rubinho, who has signed from SC Corinthians Paulista and will replace Moretto.
Serbo-Montenegrin league leaders FK Crvena Zvezda have landed Under-21 international midfielder Nenad Milijas for an undisclosed fee from FK Zemun. The 22-year-old has inked a four-year contract. "I am delighted to be part of this team and hope to win many trophies here," Milijas said. Consolation for relegation-threatened Zemun came with the acquisition of one-time Crvena Zvezda captain Nenad Lalatović, the 28-year-old arriving from Ukrainian champions FC Shakhtar Donestk.
HNK Hajduk Split have signed midfielders Ivan Režic and Mirko Hrgovic until the season's end. Formerly with NK Varteks and Olympiacos CFP, the 26-year-old ex-Croatian international Režic was a free agent. Bosnia-Herzegovina's Hrgovic, also 26 and without a club, lists VfL Wolfsburg and NK Široki Brijeg among his previous sides. Another piece of business done in Croatia was NK Dinamo Zagreb extending the contract of Under-21 international midfielder Vedran Ćorluka until the summer of 2011.
Dutch outfit FC Twente have announced the capture of Jerônimo Daneluz Soares. The 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder comes in from EC Juventude in his homeland on a six-month loan, with Twente having the option of a permanent transfer in the summer.
Danish side AGF Århus have brought striker Peter Graulund back to the club where he scored 14 goals in 33 games during a successful loan spell between 2003 and 2004. The 29-year-old returns home after stints with VfL Bochum 1848 and Helsingborgs IF. "Peter Graulund has always been high on my wish list," said AGF coach Ove Pedersen.
Bulgarian champions PFC CSKA Sofia have signed Yannick Boumsong, younger brother of France and Newcastle United defender Jean-Alain Boumsong. Formerly with AJ Auxerre, Boumsong Jr, 21, has inked a two-and-a-half year deal with CSKA with an option for a further 12 months.
Belarus defender Sergei Yaskovich has agreed a one-year deal with Kazakhstan champions FK Aktobe, who will enter next season's UEFA Champions League qualifying competition. The 33-year-old joins from Russian outfit FC Tom Tomsk, where he made 26 appearances in the 2005 Premier-Liga.
Following the departure of Russia forward Ruslan Pimenov to FC Metz earlier this week, FC Lokomotiv Moskva have loaned out a second player. The 34-year-old Brazilian midfielder Francisco Lima is to link up with Qatar SC until the summer, taking him to the end of his contract with Lokomotiv and ending his involvement in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup.
FC Arsenal Kyiv have reinforced their squad with four new recruits, including three from FC Dynamo Kyiv. The Ukrainian Premier League's 15th-placed side have taken Ukrainian international Vitaliy Riva and defenders Oleksandr Romanchuk, 21, and Andriy Bashlay, 20, on loan from Dynamo till the season's end. FC Metalurh Donetsk striker Oleksandr Alekseenko, meanwhile, joins Arsenal on a free transfer having agreed a one-year contract.
France's ES Troyes Aube Champagne have loaned midfielder Gaël Danic to Ligue 2 team FC Lorient. Danic was a key player in the club's promotion last term but the 24-year-old has featured in just eleven Ligue 1 games this time around.
FC Sopron have been busy in the transfer market, landing two Hungarian internationals. Goalkeeper Balázs Rabóczki returns home from FC København in Denmark with the 28-year-old agreeing a contract until 2009. Arriving on a four-year deal, meanwhile, is Újpesti TE's 19-year-old forward Róbert Feczesin.
Elsewhere in Hungary, high-flying FC Fehérvár have seen Hungary winger Péter Simek depart to pen a two-and-a-half year contract with Gheorghe Hagi's FC Universitar Politehnica Timisoara in Romania. The 25-year-old will be joined at Universitar by former RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge KV midfielder Alin Stoica, 26.
Dutch outfit NEC Nijmegen have announced the signing of David Jones from Manchester United FC. The 21-year-old midfielder comes on loan for the remainder of the Eredivisie campaign.
Scottish Premier League team Falkirk FC have successfully appealed to secure a work permit for Trinidad and Tobago international Densill Theobold. The 22-year-old midfielder was initially turned down because he did not fulfil the criteria of playing the desired number of internationals, but a letter from Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker helped to reverse the decision.
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