Last Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:09
Olympiacos have beaten Fulham to the signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on loan with an option to buy.
Fulham boss Martin Jol was hopeful of concluding a season-long loan deal for the classy Frenchman, who wants to leave France to secure regular first-team football.
The 28-year-old joined Marseille from Lorient two years ago but failed to live up to expectations and only started around half of their games last term after a slump in form.
The Ligue 1 side will allow him to leave on loan, and Craven Cottage had been a possible destination when Jol showed an interest.
But Amalfitano has chosen to sign for Greek champions Olympiacos after speaking to their South African sporting director Pierre Issa - a former Marseille full-back, who he knows well.
Olympiacos are willing to match Amalfitano's 40,000 euros a week wages and were prepared to pay £1.5million for him, but Marseille wanted £3million for the permanent deal.
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