Hapoel Tel Aviv showing interest in M. Ivanovski

Mirko Ivanovski; photo: prosport.roRomanian website “prosport.ro” reported on Monday that Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv has submitted an offer to Astra for Macedonian striker Mirko Ivanovski.

According to the Romanian website, Astra has received an offer of 500,000 Euros from Hapoel Tel Aviv for the services of striker Mirko Ivanovski.  Astra is already in advanced talks to sign another striker in Denis Alibec, so his addition would make it more likely that Ivanovski would leave Astra in the winter transfer window.  If “prosport.ro” is to be believed, Ivanovski may soon be heading to Israel to play for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

The website reported that Hapoel Tel Aviv started to take notice of Ivanovski back when Astra played another Israeli team, Maccabi Haifa, in the Europa League play-off round in August of 2013.  Ivanovski featured in both legs of that matchup, playing the entire 180 minutes, as Maccabi Haifa won 3:1 on aggregate over Astra.

The 24-year-old Ivanovski originally joined Astra back in the summer of 2012 as a free agent.  Thus far, he has netted 11 goals in 41 league appearances for Astra.  However, in the past couple of rounds before the winter break got underway in Romania for the 2013-14 season, Ivanovski found himself mostly on the bench behind Portuguese striker Yazalde.  Now, if Astra was also to add Alibec, that would move Ivanovski even further down the depth chart.  Therefore, a transfer for Mirko out of Astra is very likely during the month of January.

Based on the report from “prosport.ro,” Ivanovski’s next destination could be in Israel with Hapoel Tel Aviv, a club that finished in third place last season.  As for the current campaign, Hapoel Tel Aviv finds itself in 7th place after the completion of the opening 16 rounds in league play.

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