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Skondras, Samaris set for winter moves to Piraeus
- Updated: October 18, 2012
According to reports emanating from Greece on Thursday, Greek Champions Olympiacos are set to sign the duo of Giannis Skondras and Andreas Samaris, from Atromitos and Panionios respectively, during January’s winter transfer window.
Skondras gave a solid performance for Atromitos in last year’s Greek Cup where he virtually kept then top-scorer Kevin Mirallas quiet for most of the evening; a display that prompted plenty of interest from the Erythrolefki brass.
The Greece U-21 international was rumored to be on his way to the Giorgos Karaiskakis Stadium this past summer as doubt over Vassilis Torosidis’ future at the club circled the port city. When speculation regarding Torosidis’ departure for suitors AS Roma died down, the pursuit of Skondras was abandoned for the time being.
Meanwhile, Panionios’ Samaris might have just one appearance under his belt for the Nea Smyrni side this season but Olympiacos are set to lure the 23-year-old to Piraeus this January following impressive campaigns with Panionios in recent seasons. Samaris has failed to impress new Panaionios manager Dimitris Eleftheropoulos thus far this season but that hasn’t stopped Olympiacos’ scouts of noticing his abilities in the midfield.
The recent transfer speculation only supports somewhat of a new tradition at Olympiacos. Majority shareholder and owner, Vangelis Marinakis, has insisted he is keen on investing in Greek talent as he looks to add to his club’s success by primarily homegrown talent — a mindset that saw players like Andreas Tatos, Panagiotis Vlachodimos and Dimitris Siovas arrive in Piraeus in the off-season.
The investment in Greek football has not been received well by everyone involved in Greek football as Olympiacos are continually criticized for restricting the playing time of promising talent such as Giannis Fetfatzidis, Tatos and Vlachodimos.