Karagounis scored the winner against Russia in this year's Euros

Fulham have begun addressing the much-discussed concerns at central midfield by attempting to close a deal with Greek international Karagounis. Karagounis is a free agent having failed to agree a deal with Panathinaikos at the end of last season, which leaves the ex-Inter and Benfica man available to sign for Premier League clubs outside of the window, and according to local reports he has passed a medical with a view to a 9 month contract, ahead of the signing to be announced early next week.

Known for a combative style of play with a measured eye for a pass, Karagounis has been a key player for Greece and starred in their Euro 2004 win; more recently Karagounis featured in Euro 2012 and, despite missing a penalty in the opening game against Poland, was a Greek hero after scoring the goal which defeated Russia to proceed past the group stages. At 35, Karagounis is likely to be a short-term signing, but fits the bill perfectly as an emergency option in central midfield.