International may find new club after all

Midfielder Angelos Basinas, a key figure in Greece’s European title triumph in Portugal last year, is reportedly close to signing a deal with English Premiership club Everton. The player, who has been without a club for several months following a financial dispute with his previous team Panathinaikos, reportedly underwent medical examinations with Everton yesterday. It was his third trip to the UK in recent months in search of a deal with a Premiership club. Prior to this latest development, Greek media had linked Basinas with West Ham United. Everton, reports said, is believed to have offered the Greek international a deal worth approximately 800,000 euros per annum. Both parties are believed to be content with the amount. Basinas has been without a club since his previous contract with Panathinaikos expired on September 21. But he had been sidelined months before that as a result of the dispute with the Athens club. Despite the midfielder’s subsequent lack of playing time in club-level soccer, the national team’s coach Otto Rehhagel insisted on using Basinas in Greece’s unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign.