Occean not heading to Roda
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roda JC have opted against pushing through a deal for Olivier Occean.Roda JC have opted against pushing through a deal for Canadian forward Olivier Occean.
The Kerkrade club are keen to bring in a replacement for the departed Arouna Kone and had been tipped off as to the talents of the forward last week.
Board member Nol Hendriks headed to Norway to see Occean in action for his club Odd Grenland and felt the 23-year-old did not do enough to earn a move to Roda.
"He didn't do anything wrong, but nothing exceptional either," Hendriks told Limburgs Daglbad.
Hendriks suggested that they may make a move for the player later in the year.
"To have a good view, you need to see them several times and we do not have that option," added Hendriks. "So we won't be signing him now."
Tunisian forward Ali Zitouni will not be heading to Roda after failing to show up for a trial last week.
Roda coach Huub Stevens is desperate to bring in new faces before the window closes on Wednesday and he has handed a trial to Lille's Brazilian defender Bonfim Dante.
Dante could win a move if he impresses, as Roda have a spot open in their defence after they saw Anderlecht beat them to the punch for Hungarian Roland Juhasz.