Brazilian pleads for Betis chance
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Striker Augusto Ortolan Marcel has issued a 'come-and-get-me' plea to Real Betis.Brazilian striker Augusto Ortolan Marcel has issued a 'come-and-get-me' plea to Real Betis.
The South American currently plays for Academica de Coimbra in Portugal but claims his agent has been sounded out about a move to Betis.
The Spaniards are desperate to bring in at least one new striker during the January transfer window having seen both Ricardo Oliveira and Dani struck down by long-term injuries.
Last season's top-scorer Oliveira (pictured) has been ruled out for around six months and the club has struggled badly for goals in his absence and currently lie bottom of La Primera.
Marcel believes he can fire the goals to revive Betis' fortunes, but concedes he is not optimistic a move will materialise.
"Betis is my main preference," he told Marca. "But so far no-one has spoken to me.
"For that reason I believe a move will be difficult.
"Someone from the club spoke to my representative, but no-one has contacted me.
"I am still hoping something can be finalised in the coming days.
"Oliveira is a great player and difficult to replace, but I believe in my potential and believe I could score many goals for Betis.
"Given my qualities I could guarantee solving the problems of the Seville club."