Velez gets midfielder Gago on 6-month loan

Midfielder Fernando Gago has joined Argentine champion Velez

Sarsfield on a six-month loan deal from Valencia.

Valencia announced the deal on its website Thursday, hours

before the end of the transfer window.

Gago is an Argentina international who joined Valencia from Roma

last year, but his performance has been disappointing through the

first half of the Spanish league season.

The 26-year-old Gago played for Boca Juniors before making a

move to Real Madrid from 2007-2011.

Velez will hope Gago can strengthen its midfield as it is set to

play the Copa Libertadores.