Marseille sign trio on loan

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THE winter wind of change continued to sweep through Marseille this week, with three new loan signings arriving.

Cyril Chapuis and Salomon Olembe had already joined l'OM, and will play alongside yet more new faces with the arrivals of Manuel Dimas, Wilfried Dalmat and Alberto Rivera, all on six-month loans.

Portuguese star Dimas (pictured) - who has played for Belgian club Standard Liege in the past and speaks French well - is keen to fight his way into his nation's World Cup squad.

"He wants to boost his career, as he hasn't played a lot this season," explained sports director Bernard Tapie.

"He wants to fight for a place in the Portuguese squad and go to the World Cup."

Dimas knows Daniel van Buyten and Vedran Runje from their time together at Standard.

Dalmat took his time to accept the move, but the arrival of former Nantes team-mate Olembe swung the decision.

"I am very happy to join Salomon, who I consider as an older brother," Dalmat said.

The signings may not stop there, with suggestions that Tapie is still searching for a striker.

Rumours of moves for Alfonso and Youri Djorkaeff have both been denied by the club - who were keen to state that they will sell players to ensure they do not again teeter into financial ruin.

"Don't worry. There will be a lot more departures than arrivals," insisted Tapie.

"And [chairman] Robert Louis-Dreyfus won't give any more money."

Jerome Leroy has stated his desire to remain at the club, but it appears that it is the end of the line for the likes of Zoumana Camara, Ibrahim Ba, Pascal Nouma, Brahim Hemdani, Lilian Martin and Phillipe Brunel.

Nouma's career has gone into decline since arriving at Marseille, and he could be a replacement for Liverpool loan signing Nicolas Anelka at Paris Saint Germain.