x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Al Jazira and Al Dhafra forced to rethink after signings fall through

Transfers of South Korea's Lee Yong-Rae and Senegal's Pape Pate Diouf fail to materialise.

Korea's Lee Yong Rae failed in his medical but no reason was given.
Korea's Lee Yong Rae failed in his medical but no reason was given.

ABU DHABI // Al Jazira's summer team building has suffered a blow as the defender they were hoping to sign as their foreign Asian player failed a medical.

South Korea's Lee Yong-Rae had been lined up as a replacement for Lucas Neill, the Australian defender.

Now Jazira need to find a replacement before the start of the Pro League season next month.

"I don't know of any reason but he has failed the medical," Ali Al Nuami, the spokesman for the club, said. "Of course we now have the task of finding a suitable replacement, which we will do in the coming days."

Jazira were to complete their foreign quota by signing the 26 year old Korea international from Suwon Bluewings, the four-time Korean champions. The have already signed Fernandinho, the Brazilian forward on a three-year contract and retained his compatriot Ricardo Oliveira and Matias Delgado, the Argentine midfielder.

Meanwhile, Amara Diane, the Ivorian forward who played for Al Nasr last season, has joined Al Dhafra on a two-year contract after moved to sign Pape Pate Diouf, the Senegalese forward, from FC Copenhagen, fell through.

Diouf completed the medical but wanted his agreement revised, which the club did not agree to.

"He wanted more than what we had first agreed so we had to look for some other player and found Amara Diane who has had the experience of playing in the Pro League," a spokesman of the club said.

The 29-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain striker spent three years in Qatar, two at Al Rayyan and one at Al Gharafa before moving to Dubai last season. He teams up with Makhete Diop, the Senegalese forward, and Pinga, the Brazilian midfielder, both of whom have been retained by Dhafra.

Dhafra have already signed 14 local players, including five on loan from Al Ain, as they prepare for a play-off with Sharjah, Emirates and Al Shaab, starting from September 4, to decide the Pro League's final two teams.

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