Malaga loan Portuguese defender Ribeiro

January 31, 2006

MADRID, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Dynamo Moscow and Portugal defender Jorge Ribeiro has joined relegation-threatened Malaga on loan until the end of the season.

"He's a quality player and we thank him for the interest he showed in wanting to come to this club," Malaga director Antonio Mendoza told the Primera Liga team's website on Tuesday.

Malaga said they had an option to buy the 24-year-old Ribeiro on a three-year deal at the end of the season.

Ribeiro had spells with Portuguese clubs Benfica and Varzim before signing for Dynamo last January.

Malaga sacked coach Antonio Tapia and replaced him with sporting director Manuel Hierro after a 3-1 defeat at Alaves on Sunday left them bottom of the table.