Betis snap up Slovenian
By Lucas Brown. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Real Betis have signed Branko Ilic on loan from NK Domzale until the end of the season to bolster their defensive options.
The Slovenian international defender is a highly-rated right-back in his native country and has attracted interest from several European clubs - including Bolton - in January.
After trailing Ilic for a number of weeks, Betis have snapped him up on loan with a view to making the move a permanent one at the end of the current season.
"Betis have been following him for some time," explained NK Domzale's sporting director, Nenad Protega.
"It is now possible that he could go straight into their team for the game against Valencia at the weekend."
The Andalucian outfit were desperate to add to their squad during the winter transfer window as they continue their fight for survival near the foot of the Spanish top flight.
Following the exit of coach Javier Irureta before Christmas, new boss Luis Fernandez took little time in identifying the positions that needed strengthening.
With Damia Abella out with a long-term injury, Ilic will bring another option to the right side of the defence.
After beginning his career at his home town club, Olimpija Ljubljana, Ilic moved to NK Domzale in 2004. He has made 15 international appearances for Slovenia.