Giovani Dos Santos is no stranger to moving during the winter transfer window, but instead of what has happened in past years, he is on the verge of leaving club purgatory for good.
Forever glued to the bench at Tottenham, the 22-year-old Mexican star is on the verge of a full transfer to Spanish club Villarreal, according to reports from Europe.
It would mark the second straight year that Dos Santos has secured a move to Spain during the winter transfer window, going on loan to Racing Santander last year. The previous two years he had been loaned to Galatasaray and Ipswich Town.
With no real place in Harry Redknapp's lineup, Dos Santos has struggled for playing time with Spurs. He scored against Cheltenham Town when given a rare start in the FA Cup on Jan. 7, and he also tallied a goal in the Europa League earlier this season, but he hasn't figured into Redknapp's long-term plans for some time and is nearing a chance at a new start.
As the last week of the winter transfer window winds down, here are more items from around Europe:
IBISEVIC SWAPS GERMAN CLUBS
Bosnian and former St. Louis University striker Vedad Ibisevic is on the move in Germany, leaving TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for VfB Stuttgart.
Ibisevic signed a new deal with Stuttgart that will keep him there through 2016. He had a year-and-a-half left on his Hoffenheim deal before the transfer, which according to reports was agreed to for a fee of €5 million.
The 27-year-old forward had five goals for Hoffenheim this season, and he joins a Stuttgart team that trails his former side by one point in the table but is in horrid form at the moment. The club is 1-5-2 in its last eight league games and sits in 10th place in the Bundesliga.
PSG SHOOTS DOWN KAKA TALKS
Paris-St. Germain has been linked to just about every major name on the market during the transfer season, but one player who the club says will not be coming to Paris is former World Player of the Year Kaka.
Currently out of favor at Real Madrid, the Brazilian playmaker would benefit from a place that could use him, but PSG shot down any and all links to the player. Kaka was a teammate of PSG sporting director Leonardo when the two were at AC Milan, but even so, Leonardo told French media that the club is not interested in adding him, even with current playmaker Javier Pastore picking up an injury that is expected to sideline him for the next few weeks.
VAGNER LOVE BOLTS CSKA FOR FLAMENGO
One of Brazil's more productive forwards is returning home, as Vagner Love is leaving CSKA Moscow to go to Flamengo after the clubs reached a deal for a permanent transfer.
In seven years with CSKA, Vagner Love scored 117 goals and helped the club to two domestic championships. He had been loaned out to Brazilian clubs in 2009 and 2010, going to Palmeiras and Flamengo before returning to Russia for the last year.
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