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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 21:05 GMT
Pars track Czech cap
Horst Siegl directs the traffic while with Sparta Prague
Horst Siegl had a distinguished career with Sparta Prague
Dunfermline Athletic could be poised to add Czech international striker Horst Siegl and Greek Australian winger Mihailis Panopoulos to their squad.

Reports suggest that the Fife outfit have been in talks with Siegl's club, Marila Pribram, while Panopoulos has arrived at East End Park from Portsmouth with the possibility of a three-month loan.

But Dunfermline have released former Rennes and French Under-21 defender Bertrand Kerchanke, who had failed to break into the first team during his two-month contact.

The move for the 32-year-old Siegl comes as Pars boss Jimmy Calderwood becomes more frustrated by negotiations with Wigan Athletic for former Motherwell forward Lee McCulloch.


We cannot give him first-team football
Portsmouth boss Graham Rix
Calderwood said: "Wigan don't know what they will do with Lee McCulloch; whether they are going to sell him, whether they are going to loan him, or whether they want to get rid of him at all.

"It is taking too long for them to make a decision, so we might have to look at other options."

Siegl has 40 caps for the Czech Republic and spent much of his career with Sparta Prague, with whom he won championship medals and played in European competition.

He is under contract with Pribram, who finished fourth in the Czech league this season, and would command a transfer fee.

Panopoulos was signed by Portsmouth for 750,000 from Aris Salonika in August 1999 having previously spent a month on trial at Dundee United.

Australian born with a Greek passport, he has played 58 times for the English First Division club but has only featured three times this season.

Mihailis Panopoulos in action for Portsmouth
Mihailis Panopoulos has made rare Pompey appearances
Calderwood said: "He is a right midfielder, strong with good pace.

"At 25, he is an experienced player and I spoke to Harry Rednapp three or four weeks ago about him.

"I was supposed to see him a couple of weeks ago, but the match was off otherwise he would probably have been here before now."

Portsmouth boss Graham Rix said: "It is up to the player.

"Michael wants to be playing first team football and we cannot give it to him."

One complication could be Thursday's news that Portsmouth striker Lee Bradbury is likely to be out injured for up to a year.

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