APOEL Linked With Walsall Forward Andreas Makris APOEL Linked With Walsall Forward Andreas Makris
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APOEL Linked With Walsall Forward Andreas Makris

Cypriot Champions APOEL are believed to be keen on a move for Walsall's club-record signing Andreas Makris as they look to add strength to their squad ahead of another assault on the Champions League.
According to reports in Cyprus, Walsall forward Andreas Makris is set to return to his home country with Cypriot champions APOEL keen to add him to their squad.

APOEL are said to be looking to strengthen their side under new boss Mario Been as they prepare to make yet another push in the Champions League later this summer.

21-year-old, Paphos born Makris, who scored one goal in thirty-two appearances for the Saddlers during his debut campaign, is believed to have found it difficult to settle after his club-record move from Anorthosis Famagusta last summer.

Following a youth career with the likes of Olimpico, Arsenal Paphos, Atromitos Yeroskipou and AEP Paphos, Andreas turned professional with hometown club AEP Paphos in 2012 and went on to make seventeen first-team appearances before joining Anorthosis Famagusta for €20,000 at the start of the 2013/14 campaign.

Andreas made ninety first-team appearances and scored nineteen goals for his Anorthosis, going on to firmly establishing himself in the starting line-up. In addition to his first-team exploits, Andreas made appearances for the Cyprus Under 16s, Under 19s and full international side and, with the likes of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Everton previously showing an interest in his services, was believed to be a major coup for Jon Whitney's Saddlers.

The deal saw the Saddlers break their long-standing transfer record which previously stood at £175,000, which they paid to bring Alan Buckley back from Birmingham City in the summer of 1979.

in-Cyprus.com report that Andreas is seen as the ideal replacement for Greece international Giannis Gianniotas, who has returned to parent club Olympiacos.

APOEL will get the new season underway in the second qualifying round of the Champions League and will be seeking to book their place in the group stages of the competition for the fourth time.
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