Spaniards agree Sinama deal
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Real Betis have struck a deal with Liverpool to sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle, but have yet to decide whether to press ahead with the move.
The Spaniards are desperate to bring in at least one forward during the January transfer window after seeing first choice strikers Ricardo Oliveira and Dani both injured in recent weeks.
Oliveira, Betis' top scorer last term, will miss the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments while Dani is out for at least a month having sustained an ankle problem.
Currently languishing second bottom of La Primera, Los Verdiblancos have been forced to play Brazilian midfielder Edu in a more advanced role of late and have struggled for goals with just nine in their 13 league games so far.
They have now lined up a deal for Sinama-Pongolle to try and correct that in the New Year, but also have the option to land Portuguese hit-man Helder Postiga having reached agreement with his club, Porto.
They will only sign one of the two players and the decision will now come down to manager Lorenzo Serra Ferrer as Betis vice president Angel Martin explained.
"The agreement with the clubs has been reached, both for Postiga and Sinama, but obviously it's a decision that the manager must take," stated Martin.
"Both Sinama and Postiga are good players but it's a decision for the coaches.
"I understand the dilemma facing Lorenzo because he can't get it wrong, but the president has ensured both players are now available and the final decision will be the coach's."
Sinama-Pongolle came to the attention of Betis with his excellent display in Liverpool's 2-1 UEFA Champions League win at Estadio Ruiz de Lopera earlier this season, scoring The Reds' opener inside the opening sixty seconds that night.
He has failed to secure a first-team berth under Rafa Benitez having made just three starts this term and is likely to jump at the chance to secure regular first-team football.
Meanwhile, Martin also revealed that Betis are on the trail of Valencia midfielder Mario Regueiro, but insisted a striker remained their priority.