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Vardar changes heart about Kofi, Simjanoski about Vardar

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VardarVardarVardar have decided not to sign Ghanaian footballer Osei Kofi, Simjanoski decided not to sign with Vardar.

Some turbulence happened in Vardar's transfer policy. They have first brought in a footballer from Ghana, Osei Kofi for which the management claimed he will be a big reinforcement for the squad. However, he was injured during the first training and Vardar decided not to sign with the club, although there was some talk that the club already offered him a deal. Eventually, Osei Kofi left the club and Vardar's management was only quoted saying 'We don't need Kofi at the moment because he is injured and will need some time for recovery'. Vardar's official website suddenly removed the two articles about Kofi's signing as they never existed.

At the same time, they have announced a new signing in Napredok's captain, Zharko Simjanoski. But, couple of days later, it was revealed that Simjanoski will not join the club after all. Although he has started training with his new teammates, Simjanoski has informed Vardar's executive director that he will not sign with the club. Apparently, Simjanoski said he was not able to fit in the new environment, although a statement from him is yet to be heard.

One possible reason for Simjanoski's departure might be the fact Vardar brought in another player who plays on the same position as Simjanoski. That is the Serbian footballer Aleksandar Petrović, who plays in midfield and joins Vardar from Serbian side BSK Borča.

Vardar's latest signing, although still not confirmed by the official website, is Dean Tomeski. An Australian-Macedonian who is in Macedonia for some time now. He was trailing with Vardar before the start of the past season but was not offered a contract. He then spent half-season in Ohrid before he left for Makedonija Gjorche Petrov and eventually joined Vardar.

To sum up, during this transfer period Vardar brought Slovenian keeper Dejan Milić, Dimitrija Lazarevski, Portuguese forward Pedro João Luís Bonifácio and Aleksandar Petrović, while Osei Kofi and Zharko Simjanoski did not join the club. Blagoja Geshoski, Zlatko Boshkovski and Igor Stojaković are the three players who left the club.

At the moment Vardar is in Negorski Banji where they are spending part of their winter preparations. They will play a friendly match against second league side Miravci on Friday before they return to Skopje and on Sunday they will move to Antalya for the second part of the winter training camps.

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