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Aguiar leaves Porto, Kuban coup

Published: Saturday 1 September 2007, 0.40CET
On a busy day of transfers, Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar have made a triple swoop while FC Porto midfielder Luis Aguiar has joined CF Estrela da Amadora. features

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Published: Saturday 1 September 2007, 0.40CET

Aguiar leaves Porto, Kuban coup

On a busy day of transfers, Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar have made a triple swoop while FC Porto midfielder Luis Aguiar has joined CF Estrela da Amadora.

With the transfer window closing at midnight on 31 August, rounds up last-day signings involving clubs across Europe.

FC Porto have loaned Uruguayan midfielder Luis Aguiar to Liga rivals CF Estrela da Amadora. The 21-year-old joined the Portuguese champions from Montevideo club Liverpool FC earlier this summer but will now spend the season at Amadora alongside another Porto player, midfielder Fernando.

Brazilian defender Danilo has signed a one-year contract extension with Vitória SC, committing himself to the Portuguese Liga team until summer 2009. The new deal will be a welcome boost for the 26-year-old, who underwent achilles tendon surgery earlier this week and could be sidelined until March.

Real Betis Balompié midfielder Miguel Ángel Lozano has been loaned to Levante UD for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old, whose Betis contract expires in June 2010, joined the Seville side two seasons ago from Málaga CF having played for Levante between 1999 and 2002 in the Segunda División.

RC Recreativo de Huelva have signed Club Atlético de Madrid midfielder José Ignacio Zahínos on a two-year contract. The 29-year-old has only been able to make a handful of appearances in the Atlético first-team since graduating from the academy and last season was loaned to Segunda División side Albacete Balompié.

R. Excelsior Mouscron have signed Club Atlético de Madrid defender Miguel Palencia while bringing in Jacobo Ynclán on loan. The 23-year-old Palencia has agreed an initial one-year contract with the Belgian side after being unable to break into the Atlético team. Jacobo, also 23, has been loaned out to gain experience.

FC Kuban Krasnodar have brought in three players as they prepare for what could be a fraught end-of-season run-in. Nigerian striker Emmanuel Okoduwa has joined from FC Metalurh Donetsk, on a day that also saw the capture of PFC Litex Lovech midfielders Nebojša Jelenković and Džemal Berberović. Kuban are 12th in the 16-team Premier-Liga, four points above the relegation zone.

Canada striker Tomasz Radzinski has left English football and joined Greek side Skoda Xanthi FC on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old, released by Fulham FC in the close season, spent three seasons in London following an earlier three-year spell with Everton FC. "From the discussions I've had with Skoda Xanthi, it is clear they are an ambitious team," said Radzinski, who knows Xanthi coach Emilio Ferrera from his time in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht.

In Scotland, the two Edinburgh clubs have been busy with Heart of Midlothian FC recruiting Sheffield United FC striker Christian Nade for €600,000 as well as former AJ Auxerre goalkeeper Anthony Basso. Nade, 22, will have a three-year contract while Basso, 28, arrives on a two-year deal.

Hibernian FC have also landed a French forward, Mickaël Antoine-Curier. The 24-year-old joins from Norwegian second division outfit FK Haugesund for an undisclosed fee. In addition, Hibernian's Polish goalkeeper Zibi Malkowski, 29, will spend the season on loan at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. Defender David Proctor, meanwhile, has rejoined Inverness from Dundee United FC where he will be reunited with manager Craig Brewster.

Heart of Midlothian striker Roman Bednar has joined West Bromwich Albion FC on loan for the rest of the season. The 24-year-old Czech Republic international, who has scored 14 goals in 54 appearances for the Tynecastle side, has not featured so far this season after missing the second half of last term with a thigh injury. "I hope Roman will get valuable first team experience at West Brom," said Hearts assistant coach Stephen Frail. "We wish him well for the season ahead."

Motherwell FC have made a double signing with the acquisitions of midfielder Stephen Hughes from Leicester City FC and striker Lewis Grabban from Crystal Palace FC. Ex-Rangers FC player Hughes, 24, has agreed a two-year deal while 19-year old Grabban joins on loan until January. Saint Mirren FC, meanwhile, have taken 23-year-old Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Chris Birchall on a six-month loan from Coventry City FC.

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