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Villarreal thwarted in striker search

Published: Friday 21 February 2003, 12.32CET
Villarreal CF's attempts to sign Mexican international forward Antonio De Nigris have stalled.

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Published: Friday 21 February 2003, 12.32CET

Villarreal thwarted in striker search

Villarreal CF's attempts to sign Mexican international forward Antonio De Nigris have stalled.

Villarreal CF's attempts to sign Mexican international centre-forward Antonio De Nigris have stalled.

Loan signing
The Primera División side announced they had signed De Nigris for the rest of the season with the option of a permanent move in the summer. However, CF Monterrrey, the club who hold the rights to the striker, who is currently with another Mexican team, CF América, blocked the transfer.

Up in the air
Villarreal trainer Benito Floro, a former Monterrey coach, admitted that there had been "a misunderstanding in the deal which had left it up in the air". Although he stressed negotiations would resume on the return of Villarreal official José Manuel Llaneza from México.

Change of heart
The Madrigal club, ninth in the table, had received special dispensation to bring in the player as a replacement for the injured Brazilian Marcos Senna. They were thought to have agreed a deal to buy a 50 per cent share in De Nigris until Monterrey's late change of heart.

'Classic centre-forward'
Floro had said of De Nigris, who has a European Union passport: "He is a classic centre-forward, who is good in the air, strong and a good signing for the team. He will take the weight off the other strikers at the club."

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