Fulham Make Free Agent Move

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 07: In this handout image provided by UEFA, Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis talks to the media during a press conference prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A match between Poland and Greece at the National Stadium on June 7, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

Fulham have moved to sign free agent midfielder Giorgos Karagounis, the club confirmed on Tuesday. With both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele both off to Tottenham Hotspur in the final week of August, the Cottagers clearly needed reinforcements, and the only option they had after the close of the transfer deadline was in the free agent market. In 35-year-old Karagounis, they did about as best as they could have.

Martin Jol seemed very pleased to bring the Greek captain into the fold:

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. He brings many certain qualities to our squad.

Those qualities are presumably 'being quite old' and being 'pretty good at football despite it'. Karagounis, who'll be at Craven Cottage through the end of the season, isn't going to make or break the fortunes of Fulham this season, but he'll give them a reliable rotational option who's already demonstrated his profound leadership abilities with his national team. Not a bad pick-up at all -- although don't expect a world beater.

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