Fulham sign Greek midfielder

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Updated: September 13, 2012
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Giorgios Karagounis has signed for Fulham with the midfielder penning a deal at Craven Cottage until the end of the season.

The 35-year old box-to-box midfielder joins the London club on a free transfer after his contract with Panathanaikos expired at the end of the Greek season in May.

Fulham manager Martin Jol is delighted with the signing and the Dutchman spoke of his admiration for the Greek star.

Jol said: “Giorgos Karagounis has a wealth of club and international experience and I’m happy that he’s joined us for this season.”

Karagounis is viewed as a replacement for Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele, both now of Tottenham, and the former Inter Milan man is excited at the challenge the Premier League holds.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Fulham Football Club,” said the Greece captain. “I am excited by a new challenge in England and the Barclays Premier League.

“I’m looking forward to working under Martin Jol and playing alongside some fantastic players at this club.”

The Fulham manager added: “Giorgos Karagounis has a wealth of club and international experience and I’m happy that he’s joined us for this season.

“He’s been an influential player for his club sides and is a renowned player in world football as he’s about to become the most-capped player for Greece.”

Karagounis earned a record-equalling 120th cap in Poland during Euro 2012 but the Fulham midfielder was left out of this month’s World Cup qualifiers, presumably because he was without a club.

It is thought the former Benfica midfielder will go straight into Saturday’s squad for the home game with West Bromwich Albion.


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