Football - La Liga

Spanish sides lose out on Valdez

A number of Primera Liga sides have lost out on the signing of Hercules striker Nelson Haedo Valdez after Russian side Rubin Kazan snapped up the Paraguayan international.

Rubin sign Valdez - Football - La LigaReuters

Espanyol and Getafe, along with two Premier League clubs, were rumoured to be keen on landing the 27-year-old striker, but Rubin have won the race for his signature.

Valdez, who joined Hercules in 2010 and scored eight goals in 25 appearances, is believed to have cost Rubin €5million (£4.3m) and has signed a four-year contract with the Russian outfit.

The Alicante-based side, Hercules, were relegated to the Segunda division at the end of the 2010-11 season and their poor financial state meant they had to cash in on the star striker.

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