Numancia sign stopper

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Numancia have made Athletic Bilbao youngster Francisco Tarantino their first signing of the transfer window.

The 20-year-old defender has joined the Primera strugglers on loan for the rest of the season.

Tarantino is yet to make a senior appearance for Athletic, but is delighted with the chance to accrue some first-team action.

"It is a great opportunity for me," he stated.

"It is a very important step forward in footballing terms.

"I hope to do everything I can to help Numancia stay in the division, as well as mature personally."

Tarantino joins a Numancia side who sit rock-bottom of La Primera and face a major task to avoid relegation.

The club have also opted to recall striker Rafael Jorda from his loan spell at third division side Club Multideporte Peralta, where he has scored ten goals since moving in the summer.