Dos Santos joins Santander on loan from Spurs

BY foxsports • February 1, 2011

Mexico forward Giovani Dos Santos has joined Racing Santander on loan from Tottenham, his third temporary move since arriving from Barcelona in 2008 following stints at second-tier English club Ipswich and Galatasaray.

The 21-year-old Dos Santos had recently returned to Spurs, making five appearance in all competitions this season.

He was relegation-threatened Santander's only significant signing under new owner Ahsan Ali Syed, who watched his first game Monday as his team drew 1-1 against Valencia in the Spanish league.

Ali Syed had said Serbia striker Nicolas Zigic would be arriving for a third stint with Santander but that deal never went through.

American forward Jozy Altidore joined defending Turkish champion Bursaspor on loan from Villarreal for the rest of the season.

Altidore said Monday on his Twitter account that he will be at Bursaspor for six months, a move confirmed by his agent, James Grant Sports.

Altidore has appeared as a substitute in two league matches this season for Villarreal, which loaned Jefferson Montero to Levante on the last day of the January transfer window. Altidore's only goals this season were two against Poli Ejido in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey.

The Spanish league had said Altidore would be joining struggling Levante on loan but later retracted that annoucement.

Spanish leader Barcelona sold reserve-team striker Rochina on a four-year deal to Premier League club Blackburn in a transfer worth ?450,000 ($616,000).

Atletico Madrid signed Sergio Aguero to a two-year contract extension to thwart offers from English clubs for the Argentina striker.

Sevilla presented Chile midfielder Gary Mendel and Croatia international Ivan Rakitic on Monday, while Paraguay defender Paulo da Silva joined Zaragoza from Sunderland for 2 1/2 seasons.

Striker Jonas - who led the Brazilian league in scoring - arrived in Valencia from Gremio.

Villarreal, nicknamed the ''Yellow Submarine,'' signed Ghanian midfielder Wakaso Mubarak for the next two seasons.

Real Madrid, which signed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor last week on loan until the end of the season, sent defender David Mateos to Greek club AEK Athens on loan.

Deportivo brought in three reinforcements on loan until the end of the season: Spanish forward Xisco from Newcastle, winger Francisco ''Javito'' Peral from Aris Salonica, and Argentine striker Pepe Sand, whose deal includes a buy-out option for the club.

Malaga released striker Nabil Baha after 3 1/2 years at the club and loaned Portugal forward Edinho to Maritimo for the rest of the season.


AP Sports Writer Paul Logothetis in Madrid contributed to this report.

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