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Donovan set to be sole winter signing

This season’s second transfer window opens on 1 January 2009 and lasts until the end of the month, the period when Bundesliga and other European league clubs are permitted to trade players ready for the second half of the campaign. However, Bayern’s activity in the transfer market will be low-key this time round, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has announced.

“Landon Donovan will be the only new arrival at Bayern this winter. We’ve agreed an initial loan period until 15 March, and we’ll sit back and see how it goes,” the former world-class striker told the club’s matchday magazine. “We have a solid and well-balanced team, and I see no need for major changes.“

No haste to sign Tymoschuk

Zenit St. Petersburg captain Anatoly Tymoschuk held talks with the board in Munich last weekend, but not with a view to joining the club in January, Rummenigge revealed. “It was simply an informative conversation, where we discussed the possibilities for summer 2009. That was all. There’s no pre-agreement or anything like that, and we’ve not tabled an offer. Decisions relating to summer 2009 don’t need to be taken in December 2008.“

Rummenigge confirmed that Lukas Podolski will remain at FCB for the rest of the season. “We’ve told [Podolski’s former club] FC Köln in no uncertain terms that there’s no chance of signing him in the winter break. Lukas will stay here until summer 2009 at the least – in fact, he has a contract until June 2010. He’ll definitely play the second half of the season for Bayern, and then we’ll review the situation.“ General manager Uli Hoeneß said at the weekend he could “well imagine” Podolski moving on in the summer, provided FCB find a new striker.