Bogdanovic on verge of City move

Zammit, Magro loaned out

Daniel Bogdanovic is very close to continue the second half of the season with Premier League leaders Valletta.

In fact, transfer talks with club president Victor Sciriha are set to be concluded today with the Malta striker putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The much-travelled 32-year-old returned to the Maltese league last summer to play for Mosta after various stints outside the country including teams from Italy, Bulgaria and England.

Earlier this month, Mosta FC announced that Bogdanovic was no longer on their books and the player was a free agent.

Despite not being sure of a top-six berth yet, the Blues still applied wholesome changes in this transfer window and offloaded some of their best players including defender Luke Dimech, who also joined Valletta, and goalkeeper Justin Haber, now back with Birkirkara.

If the deal goes through, Bogdanovic will be donning the City jersey a second time after 2002 when he also played for the Whites before joining Sliema Wanderers and then Marsaxlokk where he had his first acquaintance with Sciriha, then club chief at the southern club.

“Bogdanovic will be a great signing for Valletta,” Sciriha told The Times yesterday. “I know him very well from my time with Marsaxlokk. There’s no question that he is a very talented player who will give our team an extra dimension.”

Bogdanovic attended a Valletta training session yesterday under the charge of coach Mark Miller. He had other offers to consider this month but it seems that his decision will be to stay in the Premier League.

“I had two other offers from English clubs but Valletta’s offer is more interesting,” he said.

“If nothing out of the ordinary happens in the next few hours I will probably stay here.”

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that home-grown City players Ian Zammit and Kurt Magro were loaned out to Sliema and Mosta respectively.

For Magro, this will be his second loan spell at Mosta after an entire 2011-12 campaign in the Blues’ shirt.

Zammit’s move came some-what unexpected though as the club had made it clear earlier this month that they did not intend to part with their striker.

However, with the imminent arrival of Bogdanovic and Michael Mifsud back to full fitness, Zammit’s chances of first-team football looked dim.


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