Al Shorta have signed four new players in the January transfer window as they aim to strengthen their squad in a bid to win their sixth Iraqi Premier League title.
The four incoming players are left-back Dhurgham Ismail, returning to the club after three years in Turkey, winger Karrar Jassim, a winner of the AFC Asian Cup in 2007, Senegalese midfielder Dominique Mendy, coming from rivals Al Quwa Al Jawiya, and Tunisian defender Zied Derbali, arriving from Al Muharraq of Bahrain.
Al Shorta have also sent young goalkeeper Abdulaziz Ammar on loan to Al Semawah and have sold striker Mohammed Jabbar Shokan and defender Ahmed Nadhim to Al Minaa and Al Naft respectively.
Al Shorta have announced in an official statement that they have rejected six offers for striker Mohanad Ali following his impressive Asian Cup campaign. The statement, translated into English by Soccer Iraq, reads:
Al Shorta will undergo a short training camp in Erbil to prepare for the return of the Iraqi Premier League.
The league has been suspended for over a month due to the Iraq national team's participation in the AFC Asian Cup, while Al Shorta have been eliminated from the Iraqi FA Cup 2-1 on aggregate by Al Kahrabaa.
The camp will include some friendly games featuring Al Shorta's new signings.
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