By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Fulham have lined up a move to sign Greece icon Giorgos Karagounis, Goal.com can reveal.
The London club are ready to offer the veteran midfielder, who is currently a free agent, a contract after he failed to reach agreement with Panathinaikos over a new deal.
Manager Martin Jol believes the 35-year-old has the pedigree to strengthen the Fulham squad following the departures of Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey.
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Karagounis captained the Greece team that qualified against the odds for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
He scored the only goal in Greece’s shock 1-0 win over Russia that sent the underdogs into the knockout stage on the night he earned a national record-equalling 120th cap but then missed the 4-2 last-eight defeat to Germany through suspension.
Jol has lined up Karagounis after being made aware of the attacking midfielder’s interest in moving to the Premier League following the end of his second five-year spell at Panathinaikos.
The former Inter and Benfica player could not agree fresh terms with the cash-strapped Greek giants.
Premier League rules state that clubs can sign unattached players outside of the transfer window provided there is a space available in the 25-man squad submitted to the ruling body.
The application must be ratified by the League’s board, who deal with each request on a case-by-case basis.