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Bayern close in on Zenit midfielder Tymoschuk

Bayern Munich have tied up a deal to sign Ukraine midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk.

Tymoschuk will move to Bavaria from Zenit St Petersburg by July at the latest, although he could come in March.

"I can say for certain that Tymoschuk is coming," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bayern's website. "We have reached an agreement with the player and informed Zenit of this.

"The only problem is a clause in his contract which states he can leave for an agreed sum on March 1, but now we have to find an agreement from March 1 to June 30."

Tymoschuk will be joined by Ivica Olic and Alexander Baumjohann at Bayern in the summer and Rummenigge hinted that may be the end of their summer recruitment, particularly given the precarious global financial climate.

"I would basically like to say we have a great team which is very stable," he explained. "We have signed three more players and I cannot say today whether we will have to do anything more beyond that.

"In times of a financial crisis, you have got to keep your money stored up to be able to strike when there is a decent opportunity."

That could also ruin Landon DonovanĀ“s chances of earning a full-time deal at the club.

The United States striker is currently on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until March 8, but he has already stated his desire to remain with the Bundesliga club.

However, Rummenigge does not know whether the Galaxy would be open to negotiations, particularly since they also face the prospect of losing David Beckham to AC Milan.

And Rummenigge revealed Milan had already contacted him with their fears.

Asked whether he believed the Galaxy would allow both Donovan and Beckham to remain in Europe, Rummenigge said: "Yesterday I got a call from AC Milan with the very same question.

"They seem to be sceptical that the Galaxy would let both players go, but the way I know the Americans tells me it is only a matter of money."

Before Bayern even consider keeping Donovan, though, Rummenigge would like to see how he performs in the coming weeks.

"We now have some important games in which we will see whether he can help us or not," he revealed. "That is the decisive criteria."


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