Malaga sporting director Mario Armando Husillos hopes to sign permanently on-loan Fiorentina striker Oleksandr Iakovenko.

The Ukrainian forward spent six months in Tuscany this season, before being shipped out to the Liga side on loan in January.

"We worked really hard in January to bring Oleksandr from Fiorentina," he told Area Malaguista. "But there is nothing in his contract that allows us to keep the player outright.

"I know though that he would love to stay in Malaga. He's happy here and we'd be delighted if he could stay.

"We'll see what happens."

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