PARIS (AP) – On a slow-moving last day of transfers in the French league, some clubs were keen to bring players in on loan rather than trying to spend the big sums that only Paris Saint-Germain can afford.
PSG is reportedly looking to complete the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta - a deal which would take its spending this season beyond 100 million ($143 million) - while teams like Marseille were busy balancing their books.
The day after offloading midfielder Lucho Gonzalez to FC Porto, Marseille coach Didier Deschamps ruled out any last-minute signings. Selling Gonzalez saves Marseille ?400,000 ($570,000) per month, as Gonzalez was the club's highest earner, and helps it hold onto star striker Loic Remy, who has been closely watched by Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp.
''We won't sign anyone. We don't have the capacity to invest, I wasn't expecting anything,'' Deschamps said. ''I'm sad he (Gonzalez) has left us.''
Brest signed Issam Jemaa on loan from Auxerre until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old striker, who has two league goals this season, has scored 27 goals in 60 games for Tunisia and is playing for his country at the African Cup of Nations.
Brest sold star striker Nolan Roux to defending French champion Lille last week and acquired forward Alexandre Alphonse last week from FC Zurich.
Lorient president Loic Fery tried unsuccessfully to sign Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac on loan. The former France international, who previously played for Lorient, has struggled for form since joining Marseille two seasons ago.
''We would have been glad to welcome Gignac here until the end of the season,'' Fery told RMC radio on Tuesday. ''Unfortunately we couldn't do it. The player wants to establish himself at Marseille.''
Lorient has signed defensive midfielder Abdou Sissoko on loan from Italian side Udinese.
The 21-year-old Sissoko, who is the younger brother of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.
Second-division club Monaco, which was recently bought by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, signed Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic from Hajduk Split on a 4 1/2-year deal for a reported fee of ?1 million ($1.43 million).
Monaco, the 2004 Champions League finalist, was relegated last season.