TOQUERO TRANSFER GRANTED
Gaizka Toquero has been granted his wish of a move away from San Mames Barria after Athletic Bilbao agreed to sell the forward to Espanyol.
The 29 year old had requested a transfer after a lack of game time which saw Aritz Aduriz and Kike Sola play ahead of him.
Bilbao acted swiftly as Espanyol completed the £4 million transfer, handing Toquero a bumper five year deal.
The striker said he was upset he didn’t manage to catch Oceano Cruz’s eye last season but is adamant to get back to regular football.
“It’s always sad of course not to be wanted by a club in a season, especially when that team does so well as Bilbao did.
“I tried my best but unfortunately I couldn’t compete with the boss’ preference of Sola and Aduriz. I completely respect that and move on with the knowledge I was graced with last season.
“I’m excited to get back out there onto the field now and show everyone what I’m capable of here at Espanyol.”
Toquero played a total of 128 games for Athletic Bilbao since 2008, scoring 23 times.