DONE DEAL: Fulham sign Mitroglou - can he keep them up ?

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Fulham have completed the signing of Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou from Olympiakos.

The 25-year-old centre-forward signs on a four-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee, understood to be in the region of £12.4 million - making the Greek international Fulham's record signing.

The Cottagers faced strong competition from West Ham in the battle to sign the striker, who comes in to boost Fulham’s chances of Premier League survival.

The cultured striker will certainly add quality to Fulham’s attacking line, as demonstrated by his impressive tally of 14 goals in just 12 appearances for Olympiakos in the Greek Super League this term.

During his development, Mitroglou was an academy graduate in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, where he remained for two years before returning home to his native Greece where he has spent the last seven years of his professional career.

At 6ft 2 tall, possessing physical prowess in and around the box, the forward will certainly lift the Londoners as they fight for Premiership survival. He comes with international level experience, having scored 8 goals and earning 28 caps for his country.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the striker: 'This is a true finisher. He must try to evolve to a higher level to see what he really is capable of. In any case, all the major European clubs will certainly be alert. When you look at his statistics, we cannot ignore him'.

Statistically, the French coach isn’t wrong – Mitroglou has averaged a goal every 58 minutes in the Greek top tier. Whether he will be able to maintain that level of performance and consistency in the English Premier League remains to be seen, but he undoubtedly brings with him quality enough to give Fulham a decent chance of remaining in the Premier League.

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