Hilal claim Brazilian from under noses of Al Wahda

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Tiago Alves.

Al Hilal have secured the loan signature of Brazilian forward Tiago Alves on Tuesday, exactly a week after Arabian Gulf League side Al Wahda reported a deal of their own for the player.

Wahda released a statement later in the day admitting that they were initially unaware that the player was only on loan at South Korea’s Seongnam and that his parent club was Clube Atletico Panapolense of Brazil.

The AGL club laid fault at the feet of Seongnam, claiming that they failed to meet a deadline set out by Wahda to complete the deal by August, 1.

This allowed Hilal to swoop in and snap up Alves.

Alves was pictured in a Wahda scarf and being greeted by club officials at Dubai Airport last Tuesday.

The club then released a statement on their website four days later, saying Alves was undertaking medical procedures while final agreements were made between Wahda, the player, parent club Clube Atletico Panapolense and current loanees Seongnam FC of South Korea.

With the confusion cleared up, it was expected that Alves would head back to Korea before later meeting up with his new Wahda team-mates at their pre-season camp in Barcelona.

“The WAFC’s Company announces that the new recruited Brazilian Thiago Alves de Lima has passed the medical examination procedures he underwent recently in one of the private hospitals and that the player had left after the completion of the medical exams directly to Korea to finalize personals before moving for good from Seongnam to the Clarets,” read the statement.

“The company will complete [Saturday] the final agreement, which guarantees him to become a player at the club for the next three years.”

It went on to claim that the deal would be completed “within days”.

An agreement could not be reached between all four parties, however, with Hilal tweeting in the early hours of Tuesday morning that they had secured the loan signing of the 23-year-old.

The Clarets have already lured Emirati duo Tariq Ahmed and Nasser Abdulhadi from Dibba Al Fujairah this summer but they are in the market for a fourth foreign player as former Arsenal midfielder Denilson has joined Cruzeiro on a six-month loan.

Talismanic striker Sebastian Tagliabue, Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia and South Korea defender Rim Chang-woo are the three other players making up their foreign quota.

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Wanderley signs for Nasr: Five foreign Blue Wave forwards

Matt Monaghan 1/08/2016
Wanderley isn't the first big-name striker to join Al Nasr.

Here are five striking imports who have experienced mixed fortunes since signing for the Dubai-based side.

Will Wanderley be a success at Al Nasr? Let us know your thoughts, use #360fans on Twitter and Facebook.

You can find more details on Wanderley’s transfer, click here.

LUCA TONI
Nation: Italy

Period at Nasr: January 2012 – August 2012
Appearances: 8
Goals: 3
Minutes per goal: 203.7
Win ratio: 37.5

Much was expected of the 2006 World Cup winner upon arrival, but he flopped in Dubai. Remarkably after these travails, he would later go on to be Serie A top scorer in 2014/15 for Hellas Verona.

BRUNO CORREA
Nation: Brazil
Period at Nasr: July 2012 – June 2013
Appearances: 23
Goals: 16
Minutes per goal: 117.1
Win ratio: 43.5

The tall striker did well in a poor team while on loan from Iran’s Sepahan. But a tally of 19 goals during 32 matches was not enough to convince incoming coach Ivan Jovanovic to keep him on. Moved to Dubai CSC.

TAKAYUKI MORIMOTO
Nation: Japan
Period at Nasr: January 2013 – June 2013
Appearances: 13
Goals: 6
Minutes per goal: 178
Win ratio: 38.5

With Nasr flailing under then coach Walter Zenga, he turned to a familiar face on loan to turn things around. The pair had worked well together at Catania and a decent spell followed. But Nasr has no desire to buy him.

IBRAHIMA TOURE
Nation: Senegal
Period at Nasr: August 2013 – January 2016
Appearances: 43
Goals: 34
Minutes per goal: 109.5
Win ratio: 44.2

Life was never dull once a move from Monaco was secured. Toure scored tons of goals, but was ostracised after deciding to go AWOL for the second summer in a row. Is now unwanted at China’s Liaoning Whowin.

NILMAR
Nation: Brazil
Period at Nasr: July 2015 – now
Appearances: 26
Goals: 11
Minutes per goal: 188.6
Win ratio: 42.7

The Brazil striker’s face has not managed to fit in Dubai. Boss Jovanovic retained the same direct tactics from Toure’s time, despite the difference in size. A return to Spain’s La Liga seems likely after Wanderley buy.

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Nasr new boy Wanderley excited about change in fortunes

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Wanderley is keen to bring success to Nasr.

Al Nasr new boy Wanderley cannot wait to fight for silverware next season after years of battling against the drop at Sharjah.

Wanderley, 27, signed a three-year deal last month to complete a protracted move. This saw the Blue Wave gain a prolific striker, who despite successive scraps for survival had rocketed in 32 goals during 51 Arabian Gulf League appearances.

With the imminent prospect of a first AFC Champions League quarter-final for club and player against Qatar’s El Jaish, the Brazilian cannot wait to get started.

“I think that I will be happier and feeling better to be playing to win. Sharjah were a very good team, but the last seasons contained fights against relegation,” he said.

“I think it will be very good for us to always be fighting at the top of the table. But I want to focus myself to do a great job, work hard and score as many goals as I want to help the team achieve our goals.”

The ambitious Sharjah of this summer who have lured the lethal Gelmin Rivas from Al Ittihad plus ex-Al Hilal coach Giorgos Donis and centre-back Digao was not present during Wanderley’s time. Instead, he kept a struggling side alive in the top flight with his flood of goals following a July 2014 switch from Qatar’s Al Arabi.

The affable Campinas-native broke the 20-goal mark during both campaigns in the UAE and he has no intention of letting up during 2016/17.

“My personal target is to beat myself. Because in the last seasons, I have always been beating myself,” added Wanderley.

“Thank God, the last seasons I always scored more than 20 goals. This season, my personal target is to be even better than last season.”

Nasr have recruited impressively during the off-season. Wanderley – who will replace compatriot Nilmar – has been joined by lauded Morocco international and ex-Al Jazira playmaker Abdelaziz Barrada, freshly capped UAE star Fawaz Awana and the permanent addition of defender Mubarak Saeed.

Coach Ivan Jovanovic has been central to this push for a first league title since 1986.

“So far I have only had one personal meeting with the coach and it was a very interesting chat,” Wanderley said.

“He did not tell me specifically about how he is going to use me, but I believe I will be the No9 striker and the playmakers will work around me.

“I am very confident about that and very happy with the way he welcomed me. He seems to know me very well, so he studied me before I arrived.”

Nasr are currently undergoing a training camp in Poland. They kick off their two-legged last-eight tie at Jaish on August 24.

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