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Fulham may turn to Karagounis

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WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 07:  Giorgos Karagounis shouts during a Greece training session ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A match against Poland at National Stadium on June 7, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 07: Giorgos Karagounis shouts during a Greece training session ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 Group A match against Poland at National Stadium on June 7, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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In a bid to plug the huge hole left by Moussa Dembele and Danny Murphy in central midfield, Martin Jol is reportedly keen to add to his Fulham ranks with Greek international Giorgos Karagounis.

The midfielder is now available on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract with Panathinaikos and, with English clubs still allowed to bring in unsigned players, has caught the eye of Jol.

At 35, he doesn't quite fit the Dutchman's normal remit of young, up-and-coming players, but Jol is thought to be desperate after missing out on a large quantity of targets on deadline day, including Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, who ended up with Everton.

Despite his age, Karagounis has impressed at both club and international level, particularly in captaining his Greece side to the quarter finals of Euro 2012.

Panathinaikos are loathe to lose one of their most influential players but the Greek giants find themselves in deep financial difficulty and were unable to find an agreement with the former Inter Milan and Benfica man.

This means that, as there is space in Fulham's 25-man Premier League squad for another player, he could team up with Fulham if a contract can be thrashed out.

It would, however, be subject to Premier League ratification.