Pompey sign Greek duo but Dos Santos deal off
33-year-old Greece international Basinas has signed an 18-month deal at Fratton Park, with Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie saying:
“We’ve brought in someone of immense experience, the current captain of Greece who is just three games away from winning his 100th cap for his country.
“He’s exactly what we need in the situation that we’re in. He’s a player that Tony [Adams]was eager to bring to Pompey. He desperately wanted to come here and we have an option to sign him for a further year on top of the 18 months.”
28-year-old Gekas has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season, subject to him gaining international clearance, with manager Tony Adams feeling he can be the key to the club's Premier League survival this season.
"His goal-scoring record is fantastic and he's always looking to score goals," said Adams.
"He plays for the Greek national team and recently came on against Italy and scored. A couple of years ago he was the highest scorer in the Bundesliga ... not an easy feat.
"He's a player that I think can come in and do really well straight away. He's certainly hungry to do well and hopefully he can hit the ground running."
However, a deal for Tottenham Hotspur's Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos, who they had reportedly made a £7 million bid for, will not be completed due to concerns over the player's immiediate fitness.
“We are looking at Dos Santos,” said Storrie. ”He's here but there have to be more medical and fitness tests to assess his levels before anything is taken further. The lad has not played too much and it's no good him being ready in 3-4 weeks. We want him ready for action now.
“He had the first part of his medical yesterday, but you cannot do scans on a Sunday night so he was having the remainder today. You have to be thorough nowadays, we do not want to bring in anyone who is not going to be fit.”
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