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Pompey snap up midfielder Basinas

Angelos Basinas
Angelos Basinas joined AEK from Real Mallorca last summer

Portsmouth have signed Greece's Euro 2004-winning midfielder Angelos Basinas from AEK Athens on an 18-month deal.

The 33-year-old, who has made 97 appearances for his country, joins the club for an undisclosed fee.

Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie told the club's website: "He's exactly what we need in the situation that we're in.

"He desperately wanted to come here and we have an option to sign him for a further year on top of the 18 months."

Portsmouth are one point above the relegation zone after just two Premier League wins since manager Tony Adams took charge back in October.

The club sold influential midfielder Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid earlier this month, and Storrie believes Basinas' "immense experience" would help Portsmouth's bid for survival.

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"He's a player that Tony was eager to bring to Pompey," added Storrie.

Basinas, who spent 10 years at Panathinaikos, joined AEK last summer after a spell at Spanish club Real Mallorca.

He follows compatriot Theofanis Gekas to Fratton Park, who has signed on loan from Bayer Leverkusen until the end of the season.

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see also
Pompey make Basinas move
06 Jul 04 |  Portsmouth
Pompey sign striker Gekas on loan
01 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Tottenham finalise Defoe transfer
09 Jan 09 |  Tottenham


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