Pachuca suffered through a less-than-stellar Apertura 2009 campaign but the club made a significant upgrade that could prevent a further fall from grace next year.

Club president Jesus Martinez told Mexican daily Mural that the club has signed former Ajax standout Dario Cvitanich.

"The deal has been finalized," Martinez told Mural. "The only thing left is to draw up some contracts with the player in Buenos Aires, which Andres [Fassi] will handle but a deal has been reached... He will be presented on Dec. 26 in Pachuca."

Cvitanich, 25, was born in Argentina but holds a Croatian passport. He spent five years with Banfield in Argentina before moving to Ajax in 2008. He scored 13 goals for the Dutch club but had a falling out with Ajax manager Martin Jol and his playing time dropped.

Martinez said Cvitanich will join Pachuca for one year on a loan with an option for an outright purchase.

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