Briefs: Real Madrid promise fans another "Christmas present"
News in brief:
*Real Madrid hope to strengthen their squad with a second signing for the January transfer window, after agreeing a deal with Ajax for Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.
"We have been following Huntelaar for two years, he is a great goalscorer," sports director Predrag Mijatovic told Spanish state radio. "We've opened one Christmas present, now we'll have to see if we can open another by the end of the year."
*Spain midfielder Xavi, who came fifth in the voting for the Ballon d'Or, has agreed the details of a four-year contract extension with Barcelona which will keep him with the Primera Liga club until 2014.
"(President Joan) Laporta rang me, through my representative, and we sealed the agreement," Xavi told Catalunya Radio."
*Vietnam will send a policemen from the country's anti-graft force to ensure its players steer clear of matchfixing at this week's Southeast Asian soccer championships, the Viet Nam News reported.
Illegal gambling on soccer is rampant in Vietnam, where underground betting syndicates frequently pay players and referees to throw matches, often resulting in jail terms.