WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS WANT TO SIGN PEDRO MARTINS

Wolves are considering a move to appoint Pedro Martins as their next head coach, the Express & Star understands. The 52-year-old has previously managed a handful of clubs including Portuguese sides Maritimo, Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes, as well as Greek side Olympiacos. Martins, a former midfielder and Portugal international, joined Olympiacos in 2018 and won the league three times in his four seasons. He also won the Greek Cup once.


Despite signing a two-year extension to his deal and winning the league last season, Martins was ruthlessly sacked by Olympiacos in August after an embarrassing 4-0 home loss to Maccabi Haifa in a Champions League qualifier. Now, the Express & Star understands Wolves are considering a move to make him their next head coach after Bruno Lage was sacked.

SILVA IMPRESSES AS FULHAM MANAGER

Former Olympiakos manager Marco Silva has impressed as the Fulham boss till date. The Portuguese tactician has done a good job since he was appointed into the managerial role at Craven Cottage last summer.

Fulham gave Silva their manager's job at the club after suffering demotion from the Premier League to the English Championship at the end of the 2020/21 season. Silva led Fulham to win the English Championship title in his first season at the London club and secure promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Silva has done a good job for Fulham in the opening weeks of the current Premier League season.

PLAYER ALREADY SET TO LEAVE CLUB TWO MONTHS AFTER WATFORD EXIT

Winger Philip Zinckernagel is set to change clubs for the second time this summer, just two months after leaving Watford. The information comes from Belgian outlet DH, who claims that his new club Olympiakos are ready to let him move to Standard Liege. Before explaining what is going on, we better recall what happened to Zinckernagel in the past few months. Signed by Watford on a free transfer from FK Bodø/Glimt in January 2021, the club didn’t make much use of him, so, the following summer, they loaned him out to Nottingham Forest.

After his his 50 appearances for the Reds, he returned to the Hornets. That’s when Olympiakos, who share the same owners as the City Ground side, went for his signing, and paid €2m to buy him this summer. It turns out that, as explained by DH, there’s been a change of managers at the Greek club, as Carlos Corberan took Pedro Martins’ job, and the new manager doesn’t count on Zinckernagel for the season. That’s why Olympiakos have now accepted to see him move to Standard Liege, as they’re letting him go on a loan deal and ready to do his medicals

UI-JO SET FOR OLYMPIAKOS LOAN MOVE

South Korean attacker Hwang Ui-Jo is on the verge of joining Greek Super League giants Olympiakos on loan for this season. This is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano who said the South Korean international will sign for Olympiakos as a Nottingham Forest player.

Nottingham Forest are one of the three newly promoted teams in the Premier League alongside the duo of Fulham and Bournemouth. They have made a lot of signings in the transfer market this summer. As a matter of fact, they are one of the biggest spenders in European football as far as this summer’s transfer window is concerned. It has been reported that Nottingham Forest are closing in on a deal to sign Hwang Ui-Jo from French side Bordeaux for £4m before he's loaned to Olympiakos in the Greek league. Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos have the same owner, AngelosMarinakis who's a native of Greece.

FOREST HERO AND TWO EX-REDS SUFFER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NIGHTMARE

Nottingham Forest promotion winner Philip Zinckernagel and ex-Reds duo Joao Carvalho and Andreas Bouchalakis are out of the Champions League. The trio were all involved as Olympiacos were dumped out of the competition by Maccabi Haifa. After a 1-1 draw in Israel, the Evangelos Marinakis-owned team were hugely fancied to finish the job on home soil. The Champions League dream became a nightmare though, with Olympiacos on the wrong end of a 4-0 thrashing.

Goals from former QPR man Tjaronn Chery, two from Frantzdy Pierrot and a late goal from Mohammad Abu Fani ensure a night of misery. Pedro Martins might have some explaining to do. Marinakis is proud of the club’s Champions League inclusion and this won’t do. All is not lost for the club. Their defeat means they will now enter the Europa League in the third qualifying round.

RANGERS FACE COMPETITION FROM OLYMPIACOS IN RACE FOR THEO BONGONDA

Rangers want to sign Theo Bongonda from Belgian side KRC Genk, but face competition from Greek champions Olympiacos for his signature according to Georgios Sideridis. The Gers are on the verge of completing a deal for Wales winger Rabbi Matondo [BILD, July 11] to add to the arrivals of John Souttar, Antonio Colak and Tom Lawrence earlier in the window. But reports suggest that Giovanni van Bronckhorst wants another signing in attack too, and it seems as though Bongonda could be the man at the top of the list.

But Sideridis, who was the man who was first with news of Colak’s arrival at Ibrox, claims that they will have to beat both Olympiacos and Turkish giants Fenerbahce to his signature. There is some clearly very talented scouts working at Ibrox right now, and Bongonda is further proof that they’re very good at identifying quality players on a budget. Bongonda is 26-years-old and known for his terrific speed and excellent eye for goal, which has seen him score 13 goals and register five assists in 43 appearances in the 2021/22 season.

PIPA LEAVES HUDDERSFIELD TOWN FOR OLYMPIAKOS

Greek defender Pipa has left English Championship side Huddersfield Town to join Greek champions Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee. Pipa was part of the Huddersfield Town squad who came close to securing Premier League promotion before they were stopped by Nottingham Forest in the Championship playoff final.

New Olympiakos signing Pipa was in the Huddersfield Town team who lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest in the final of the Championship playoffs. Pipa started the game against the former European champions on the right side of a five-man defence. The new Olympiakos player featured for the entire duration of the game, but he could not save the Terriers from injury. With the win over Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest joined Fulham and Bournemouth as the three promoted teams ahead of the new Premier League season.

EVERTON EYE MOVE FOR CRYSTAL PALACE MIDFIELDER LUKA MILIVOJEVIC

Everton are in the mix to sign Crystal Palace midfielder, Luka Milivojevic, according to journalist Gerasimos Manolidis. The Spor Time journalist has reported on Twitter that newly-promoted Fulham are also keen to land the highly experienced Premier League midfielder. Manolidis, who works for Greek newspaper SporTime, wrote on Twitter that there is no chance Luka Milivojevic (will) return to Olympiacos this summer. Most likely, he will leave Crystal Palace, but there are several teams that are interested in him. Fulham and Everton are among them.

Milivojevic is a highly experienced midfielder. He joined the Eagles in 2016 from Olympiacos and has made over 175 appearances for the club in all competitions. He has scored 58 goals in his club career thus far and has also represented the Serbian national team 38 times. The former Red Star Belgrade midfielder saw his game time limited last season under Patrick Vieira and made only 15 appearances in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.

REPORT: £13M MAN AGREES TO LEAVE CRYSTAL PALACE IN £3M DEAL

According to an exclusive from Greek news outlet Transfer Geeks, Luka Milivojevic has agreed to leave Crystal Palace for Olympiakos.


WHAT’S THE STORY?
Well, after making 176 appearances for the Eagles, it seems the 31-year-old will be leaving Selhurst Park this summer. It comes after Milivojevic was sadly booed by some Crystal Palace supporters – if they can be called that – at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony. The report states that the Serbia international has agreed to return to Olympiakos in a deal worth just €3.5m (£3m), as he only has 12 months remaining on his contract.

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