5 Best Late La Liga Signings

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2013

5 Best Late La Liga Signings

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    While Manchester United, Liverpool and a host of other English clubs indulged in some last-minute shopping, it was fairly quiet in terms of incomings in Spain.

    With business either done, or money too tight, only a few sides felt the need to act on transfer deadline day.

    The exodus continued though.

    Mesut Ozil left Real Madrid for Arsenal and Alvaro Vazquez traded Getafe for Swansea. 

    Allowing for a little bit of scope, due to the quiet nature of La Liga's deadline day, the following slides take a look at some of the best late signings by Spanish clubs.

Best of the Rest

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    Sevilla, one of Spain's busiest clubs in the window, continued to remain active in the market right through to the last week of August. 

    Midfielder-come-defender Stephane Mbia arrived from QPR last week, while, perhaps more curiously, Real Madrid's young Russian, Denis Cheryshev, a left-sided player, arrived on loan in a position which Unai Emery isn't particularly lacking in.

    Also in the last week, Elche and Real Valladolid both brought in forwards on loan from JuventusRichmond Boakye and Fausto Rossi respectively—and Malaga at last signed Dutch-Moroccan forward Mounir El Hamdaoui on loan from Fiorentina.

    Three Madrid based clubs all added defenders too. Atletico Madrid signed Toby Alderweireld from Ajax, Getafe added Lisandro Lopez and Rayo Vallecano swooped for former Deportivo la Coruna man Ze Castro.

5. Gabriel Torje

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    Name: Gabriel Torje

    Nationality: Romanian

    Position: Winger/Forward

    Move: Udinese to Espanyol (loan)

    D.O.B: 22nd November 1989

    Javier Aguirre moved on deadline day to secure the season long loan of the talented Romanian, Gabriel Torje from Udinese.

    The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Granada and, although he didn't quite hit the levels anticipated, he'll add another dimension to an Espanyol attack which has lost Joan Verdu and Mubarak Wakaso over the summer.

4. Seba Fernandez

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    Name: Seba Fernandez

    Nationality: Uruguayan

    Position: Attacking Midfield/Forward

    Move: Malaga to Rayo Vallecano

    D.O.B: 23rd May 1985

    Rayo Vallecano are less equipped to compete in the transfer market than most Spanish clubs even, forcing Paco Jemez to scour the market for the best possible deals.

    In experienced Uruguayan, Seba Fernandez, he could have found one.

    An international for his country, Seba has made close to 100 appearances for Malaga over the last three years and will go a small way to compensating for Rayo's summer losses.

3. Josuha Guilavogui

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    Name: Josuha Guilavogui

    Nationality: French

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Move: Saint-Etienne to Atletico Madrid (£8.5 million)

    D.O.B: 19th September 1990

    Diego Simeone had been scouring the world for a defensive midfielder all summer.

    Having missed out on Jeremy Toulalan, time was beginning to run out when he at last landed Josuha Guilavogui from Saint-Etienne.

    A rangy, athletic player, he is already capped by France and will offer the different dimension to Mario Suarez and Gabi that El Cholo has been looking for.

2. Dorlan Pabon

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    Name: Dorlan Pabon

    Nationality: Colombian

    Position: Forward

    Move: Monterrey to Valencia (£6 million)

    D.O.B: 24th January 1988

    With a little help from the Doyen Group, Valencia signed Dorlan Pabon from Monterrey in slightly controversial circumstances this last week.

    Pabon, who excelled on loan with Real Betis last season, had only joined the Mexican club this summer from Parma, but once he heard of Los Che's interest he knew what he wanted.

    The 25-year-old made his debut against Barcelona at the weekend, and he will hopefully add more goals to Valencia's front line.

     

1. Gareth Bale

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    Name: Gareth Bale

    Nationality: Welsh

    Position: Winger/Forward

    Move: Tottenham to Real Madrid (£84.7 million)

    D.O.B: 16th July 1989

    At last.

    Ending one of the summer's longest sagas, Real Madrid and Tottenham eventually announced that they had agreed on a deal for Gareth Bale on Sunday night.

    The Welshman was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday, and has become the most expensive player ever in world football.