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Estonian internationals transfer window

Angelo PalmeriComment

Modified on the 1st of February 2015 - Sander Puri signed with Sligo Rovers (IRL)

Modified on the 4th of February 2015 - Ken Kallaste is trialling at IFK Norrköping (SWE), Henrik Ojamaa was officially announced by Sarpsborg 08 (NOR) Sergei Pareiko spoke about quitting the national team, Ats Purje refused new contract from KuPS and Hannes Anier has left Erzgebirge Aue.

Modified on the 9th of February 2015 - Sergei Mośnikov signed with FC Tobol (KAZ) and Ats Purje with Nõmme Kalju FC

Modified on the 19th of February 2015 - Taavi Rähn signed for FC Levadia upon leaving FC Flora

Modified on the 2nd of March 2015 - Tarmo Kink to Scotland and Kaimar Saag back to Estonia

Modified on the 5th of March 2015 - updates from Deadline Day Live


In January issue of ‘Jalka’, the Estonian only football magazine released by the Estonian FA, the editing staff chose its national team starting XI.

According to that XI, we will check the situation with the Estonian internationals transfers and clubs.



The 'Jalka' national team Best XI (click to enlarge)

Mihkel Aksalu – stably at SJK (FIN), Mihkel is about to start his third season in Sejnäjoki as a protagonist. He has recently managed to gain Magnus Pehrsson’s trust and become a starter at the expenses of Sergei Pareiko. His contract ends in December 2015.

Tajo Teniste – Teniste is about to start his 4th season at Sogndal IL (NOR - his contract expires at the end of 2015). Definitely one of the most stable internationals at his club.
Igor Morozov – the 25-year-old central defender has found his way back to the national team and now needs to find his way back onto the pitch at his club, Debreceni VSC (HUN).
Ragnar Klavan – ‘The Rock’ is one of the pillars of FC Augsburg (GER) successful season so far and widely celebrated by the club itself. The Estonian Captain is in fight for the Bundesliga 4th place which would be Champions League play-offs for 2015-16. Estonian fans are rooting every given weekend.
Ken Kallaste – ‘Ironman’ is still ‘waiting for Godot’, where the imaginary character of Samuel Beckett’s play is a transfer abroad. Meanwhile he’s been training with his club, Nõmme Kalju, to try and regain form which is not yet 100% as admitted by the left full-back himself. According to Rumori sources, a trip to Sweden was awaiting for him very soon and it did happen since Ken is testing at IFK Norrköping - our full exclusive story here. Kallaste is now being kept on hold for about 10 days without a definitive answer

Ilja Antonov – the Levadia’s midfield engine is still at bay and no news have surfaced for a trial chance abroad. Contrary to Artjunin and Subbotin, the other two precious items of the club, he might spend another season in Estonia. He’s still 22 years old and enjoys Pehrsson’s trust with the national team being a good chance to shine.
Karol Mets – it was the most expected transfer of the winter season and it was consumed very quickly before the Christmas holidays as his agent, Aivar Pohlak, exploited his good contacts in Norway to send him at Viking Stavanger. First contract abroad and, according to many opinions, the dive board to greater destinations. Viking are seeing him as a central defender rather than the defensive midifielder role Pehrsson has brewed for him in the national team.
Kostantin Vassiljev – after a slow start, ‘Kostja’ has taken an important role in the Piast Gliwice (POL) midfield line becoming famous in Poland for his long-range distance goals or attempts to. If he keeps form and continuity, he could help Piast to rise behind the top4 in Ekstraklasa.
Joel Lindpere – The former New York Red Bulls player has signed with Nõmme Kalju. He greeted Ostrava (Banik – CZE) with not many regrets at the end of 2014. Due to injury, his playing time was really little during the year spent in Czech Republic. He admitted to Estonian press that meanwhile he has refused an exotic offer (destination not specified).

Henrik Ojamaa – another spell at Motherwell (SCO) is ended leaving Scottish fans orphans of the Sheriff once and again. He is not set to return to Legia (where fans do not really fancy him) but to spend the Spring on loan elsewhere.
Norway (Sarpsborg 08) is the new destination. Temporary settlement till the Summer.
Henri Anier – Henri’s German woes have been ended by Erzgebirge Aue releasing the international beforehand (we anticipated this story first in November). He returned to Scotland at Dundee United where, at least, will fight for the starting place in the 4-2-3-1 staged by Jackie McNamara. A title-fighting club might give Henri the cutting edge to bring to the national team for the Euro qualifiers campaign resume. Settled.

 

OTHER INTERNATIONALS

GOALKEEPERS

Sergei Pareiko
has signed with FC Levadia. He had lost club and national team. The charismatic goalkeeper has been training with Levadia. In December, he said he was evaluating whether to return to Estonia or not. Meanwhile the Estonian Champions have sent Śmiśko away and hired a Russian goalkeeper. Space was made for the 37-year-old shot-stopper since Roman Śmiśko left Levadia for Narva Trans. He was on a legal controversy with Nizhny Novgorod for his money. In a recent interview with Delfi.ru, he admitted the possibility he might have quitted his career. He is 37 years old and has collected 62 caps with the Estonian national team. The signing with Levadia on deadline day brings Pareiko back to Estonia after 14 years.
Marko Meerits is a start at FC Emmen (NED). His future will be re-discussed next year.
Pavel Londak is about to start his 5th season in Norway at Bodo Glimt.

 

DEFENDERS
Artjom Artjunin has finally managed to find a club abroad as he settled himself in Romania at FC Brasov. With Liga I resuming at the end of February, he has one month to convince Pehrsson he could be a start in the international break against Iceland and Switzerland at the expenses of Morozov.
His situation worries me,’ said national team assistant coach, Janno Kivisild, to Soccernet. We’re talking about right-back Enar Jääger. He is training with FC Flora and coach Norbert Hurt is keeping the door open for him in case he will opt to join his former club. However, Flora’s gaffer admitted he sees him more as a central defender than a full-back since he has many in the squad already.
A sure return to Flora is Gert Kams, as the right full-back left SJK (FIN) already at the end of season 2014 to join his former club for season 2015.
He is too slow,’ said Persija Jakarta coach upon trialling Taavi Rähn. The 74-time Estonian international returned home without a contract and he did not feature in Flora’s pre-season games. The truth behind it was that Flora did not offer Rähn a new contract. As a consequence the 33-year-old centreback started to train with Levadia until he completed the move to the Champions by signing a contract.
Full-back Markus Jürgenson is a Flora player.
Dmitri Kruglov decided to continue with FC Levadia after he failed one trial in Kazakhstan and one in Belarus. Siim Luts has decided to continue his career in Estonia after signing a contract with Levadia.
Another sure Levadia player is Artur Pikk who reached popularity after going back to the military barracks soon after playing against England in a Euro Qualifiers tie.
Alo Bärengrub is about to start his 5th season at Kalju.
Mikk Reintam has already toured central Europe (Romania and Czech Republic) with no contract being offered. Where is Reintam right now? He is one of the two Estonian internationals still without a contract.

 

MIDFIELDERS
Alksandr Dmitrjev
 signed a two-year contract with FC Infonet. He had been training with Levadia and had also a trial at Piast Gliwice (POL) however, after the club showed interest and made also the player pass through medicals, they didn't sign him.
Tarmo Kink finally signed for Caledonian Thistle (SCOT). He has been without a club since July and as a consequence had lost Pehrsson’s consideration.
Martin Vunk has joined forces with Indonesian club Persija Jakarta and has returned from a small injury in a friendly game against Gamba Osaka. He remarkably earned 3,500€ as MVP of the game.
Sander Puri has been off the national team radar for quite a long time. After leaving York City (ENG) last Summer, he’s been without a club for a while and training with Levadia. He has signed with Irish club Sligo Rovers
Ats Purje signed with Nõmme Kalju! He was training with KuPS (FIN) however he did not extend his contract. According to Rumori sources,
he had wished to play in German 2.Bundesliga. He took part to Finnish Cup tie against FC Lahti as a starter. According to words released to Õhtuleht, he didn't accept a contract extension as the salary offer was lower. On Monday the 9th of February 2015, Kalju FC announced his signing on their official website.
Sergei Mośnikov earned a 1-year contract with FC Tobol! He had been testing with FC Tobol (KAZ) already for a month time.
He had to go abroad and he managed. After the troubles with Regensburg (see the ‘Subbotin Affair’) and a failed trial with Servette, Igor Subbotin managed to impress Czech side Mlada Boleslav where he earned his first contract abroad.

 

STRIKERS
Kaimar Saag
has signed with Levadia. He has been without a club since he was released by Assyriska FF. A Danish trial did not bring to a contract. He scored a brace in friendly game for Levadia during preseason, one week before start of Premium Liiga.
After a difficult period in Blackpool, Sergei Zenjov settled in Russia at Torpedo Moscow where he hopes to get back a start and his form. Magnus Pehrsson surprised everyone when he called the veteran Levadia player, Ingemar Teever, on the back of his good spell in Premium Liiga (9th best striker with 15 goals). He signed a contract extension with Levadia and became team captain.
Rimo Hunt has managed to get one more year in Kazakhstan at FC Kaysar Kyzylorda.
Hannes Anier left Erzgebirge Aue where he was playing in the double team.
Frank Liivak was released by SSC Napoli on his request in December and has found a temporary solution in Spain at 4th tier club Alcobendas Sport in the area of Madrid. He has made his debut on Sunday the 1st of February