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Deportivo return for 'Toro'

Published: Wednesday 2 February 2005, 0.25CET
News round-up: Roberto Acuña is back at RC Deportivo La Coruña from the United Arab Emirates.

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Published: Wednesday 2 February 2005, 0.25CET

Deportivo return for 'Toro'

News round-up: Roberto Acuña is back at RC Deportivo La Coruña from the United Arab Emirates.
RC Deportivo La Coruña have taken Paraguayan international midfield player Roberto 'Toro' Acuña back to the Riazor from United Arab Emirates side Al Ain. The 32-year-old Acuña joined Deportivo from Real Zaragoza in 2002 but left after just a handful of appearances to join Elche CF on loan. He will wear the No 16 shirt.

After losing Sergio Pachón to injury, Getafe CF have bolstered their attack by signing 26-year-old striker Jaime Asensio de La Fuente - Asen, for short - from Madrid-based AD Alcorcón. Levante UD, meanwhile, have signed goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero from RC Celta de Vigo until the end of the season with the option of a three-year deal should the 30-year-old play eight matches or more. However, centre-back Félix Carballo has decided to retire from football aged 37.

Former German international Michael Hartmann has joined FC Hansa Rostock from Hertha BSC Berlin. The 30-year-old left-back becomes Rostock's second notable signing of the transfer window following Jari Litmanen's arrival last week. He has penned an 18-month contract.

Staying in Germany, the Serbo-Montenegrin striker Radomir Dalovic has completed an 18-month loan move to DSC Arminia Bielefeld from Croatia's NK Zagreb. The Bundesliga club have the option to sign the 22-year-old for another two years from summer 2006.

Israeli international Eyal Berkovic has agreed to cancel his contract at English Premiership side Portsmouth FC. The 32-year-old playmaker had fallen out of favour since Velimir Zajec replaced Harry Redknapp as manager. Kevin Harper has also left the club, dropping down a division to join Stoke City FC.

In Scotland, Livingston FC have strengthened in defence by bringing in Eric Deloumeaux and Greg Strong from clubs in England. Deloumeaux, 31, joins from Coventry City FC while Strong, 29, arrives from Boston United FC, in a deal which sends midfield player Steven Boyack in in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, former Livingston skipper Stuart Lovell has left to join first division Queen of the South FC.

Heart of Midlothian FC have signed a third player from Lithuania's FBK Kaunas. Deividas Cesnauskis, the Lithuania midfield player, was loaned to Hearts immediately after completing his transfer from Russia's FC Lokomotiv Moskva to Kaunas on a three-year contract. "He has a decent pedigree", said Hearts manager John Robertson, who also has Saulius Mikoliunas and Marius Kizys on the books at Tynecastle.

Belgian side KSV Cercle Brugge have signed midfield players Sergio Peter and Christophe Grondin on six-month contracts. Peter, a German Under-21 international, joins on loan from English side Blackburn Rovers FC, while the 21-year-old Grondin arrives for an undisclosed fee from Toulouse FC. Cercle Brugge also confirmed that captain Denis Viane had extended his contract until 2010.

In the Netherlands, NAC Breda have signed Maceo Rigters on a four-and-a-half year contract. The 22-year-old forward joins from FC Dordrecht for an undisclosed fee. Rigters, a former SC Heerenveen player, scored seven goals in 17 second division matches this season and his arrival meant Breda were willing to let Robert Braber move on loan to second division side Helmond Sport.

Heading east, goalkeeper Vladimir Disljenkovic has left FK Crvena Zvezda to join Ukrainian side FC Metalurh Donetsk on a two-year contract. Another Belgrade club, FK Obilic, have brought in six new faces - all on six-month contracts - in an attempt to avoid relegation. Borko Veselinovic, Nebojsa Marinkovic and Ivan Babic have joined on loan from FK Partizan while Aleksandar Mijatovic arrives from FK Hajduk Beograd, and Bosko Sarac and Nikola Lakic take the step up from the second division. Elsewhere, defender Darko Krsteski has left FK Sutjeska for FK Borac.

Last updated: 01/02/05 20.13CET

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