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Larissa signs Fabrice Pancrate

Larissa added former Newcastle United midfielder Fabrice Pancrate to its roster on February 8, taking advantage of the regulation that allows for the acquisition of free agents until February 14.

The Thessaly club announced it has signed the ex-Paris Saint-Germain player until the end of the season, as it seeks to avoid relegation from the Super League with nine games left to play.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder had been a free agent since last summer.

He has also played for Guingamp, Le Mans, Betis and Sochaux. He featured in 16 games with Newcastle, scoring once for the Magpies.

On the same day, Panathinaikos made a new acquisition in the form of goalkeeper Stefanos Kotsolis on a five-month deal, as the club confirmed.

The Greens were facing a potential goalkeeping crisis as they had loaned out Daniel Fernandes to Panserraikos in January and their other backup to main keeper Alexandros Tzorvas, Orestis Karnezis, has suffered a knee injury that will see sidelined for most of the rest of the season.

Panathinaikos was forced to field Stefanos Kapinos, the youth team’s 17-year-old keeper, as a substitute for the games against AEK and PAOK, but with nine crucial games left for the league the club decided against taking any chances.

The Greens have therefore agreed on a short-term deal with Kotsolis, who began his career at Panathinaikos and was a member of the team that won the double in 2004 before going to Larissa after a spat with the board at the time.

In 2009 Kotsolis moved to Omonia Nicosia, which released him last summer, and since then he had been a free agent, training with Larissa until November and then on his own.

This makes Kotsolis the only signing for Panathinaikos this winter.