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Fulham to offload flop striker Kostas Mitroglou

By Saul Brookfield

Fulham are set to sell their expensive misfit Kostas Mitroglou back to his former club Olympiakos after the £12.4m striker failed to save the club from relegation to the Championship last season.

Mitroglou, 26, was in Athens yesterday to hold talks with Olympiakos about a loan move.

The Greece international joined Fulham on the final day of the January transfer window but was hardly used by manager Felix Magath amid concerns about his fitness. It is believed Fulham have agreed a £2.5m fee for the 26-year-old.

Fulham picked up their first point of the season with a 1-1 home draw against Cardiff at Craven Cottage on Saturday but Magath was still abused by sections of the home support.

Yet the German was adamant his strategy of turning to the club's promising youth players was the only way of rebuilding the club.

"It is a difficult situation, I can understand the fans who are afraid about the situation," he said. "We had to make a cut. It was necessary for this club to start again from the beginning and that is what I've done."

Beppe Sannino could offer no assurances that he would remain Watford manager despite his 10-man side beating Huddersfield Town 4-2 to remain second in the Championship, a point behind leaders Nottingham Forest.

Sannino said: "I am the gaffer of Watford and I am happy about the result but the other situation I don't know.

"I don't think I'm in a position to ask the club about my future because the results are talking clearly."

Ipswich picked up a creditable 1-1 draw at Derby without leading striker David McGoldrick, who is mulling over an £8m move to Leicester.

"A Premier League club comes in for you and you can live in your own house, with more money, it would distract me as well," said manager Mick McCarthy.

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