Talk of a move to Tyneside for PAOK star Dimitrios Giannoulis is starting to pick up speed.
On Saturday, it was reported by Greek outlet Sportime that we were ‘seriously considering‘ making a move for the left-back, and it then emerged 24 hours later (via Manu Lonjon) that we’d submitted a €4.5m bid (£4m) for the 24-year-old.
The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has since responded to the rumours, stating it “seems like there’s something in this one” based on what he’s hearing from sources in Greece:
It’s also interesting to see that “three big name agents” are believed to be working on a deal that could see him swap PAOK for St James’ Park this summer.
Who knows if this will come to anything in the end, but he certainly fits the profile of a player we’re likely to sign this summer based on his age, low transfer fee and the fact he’s a left-back – something we need badly after Rose and Willems returned to their parent clubs following loan spells.
That said, Giannis Chorianopoulos – the chief writer at Greek outlet Sportime – claims PAOK will make no decision on Giannoulis’ future until they have played their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas tomorrow:
As you can see above, he also states that ourselves and recently relegated Watford are leading the race to sign the highly-rated Greek international ahead of Marseille and Saint-Etienne.
One to watch once PAOK have played their UCL qualifier on Tuesday?