It’s looking increasingly unlikely that Almeria will be in La Liga next season, but they aren’t going down without a fight. Gaizka Garitano’s side are 14 points adrift from safety, although their performances in recent weeks have significant improved when compared to the first few months of the campaign.
They have now added much-needed quality to their squad ahead of the season run-in. On Tuesday, it was announced that they have signed Jonathan Viera on an 18-month contract. The 34-year-old midfielder had been a free agent, having left Las Palmas in December following a dispute with Garcia Pimienta.
🔝 ¡Jonathan Viera es 𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐨! 📢
🤩 El centrocampista firma con la UD Almería hasta 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣5️⃣
— UD Almería (@U_D_Almeria) February 6, 2024
While Viera has come in, Almeria are also close to agreeing the exit of Lazaro. According to Fabrizio Romano, the young forward has agreed a loan move to Palmeiras, who will also retain a buy option as part of the agreement.
🟢🇧🇷 Lázaro signs today as Palmeiras player on loan from Almería.
Details of the deal: €1.5m loan fee, €13m buy option clause.
Almería will also have 14% sell-on clause. pic.twitter.com/dAV7eaf8iD
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 6, 2024
Almeria need to start picking up wins if they are to avoid relegation this season. They are still winless in La Liga, but they will hope to change that – with Viera’s help, when they take on Athletic Club this weekend.