Towards the end of the January transfer window, we covered an interesting article on Le Parisien’s website regarding APOEL Nicosia’s Pieros Sotiriou.
The Cyprus international was said to be a target for Everton, Southampton and Stoke, and the latest reports seem to suggest Stoke have dropped out of the race altogether.
About to face Anderlecht in the Europa League after missing the first leg through suspension, Sotiriou is, according to DH, now on Southampton’s and Everton’s priority list for the summer.
Signing for the Cypriot club for a mere €80k in 2013 from Olympiakos Nicosia, the 24-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring 22 goals in 38 appearances, and could represent a bargain for whoever picks him up.
Ronald Koeman and Claude Puel might end up having to face tough competition for his signature, as Dortmund, Torino and Borussia Mönchengladbach are also expected to be waiting in line for Sotiriou come the end of the season.
However, DH seem to think Olympiakos in Greece could have pipped all these teams to his signature, with an agreement of €2.5m being reported.
Nothing is official yet, which means there’s still a chance for Everton and Southampton, and we’re sure APOEL wouldn’t say no to a bit more money, something the Premier League sides could easily afford.