Europa League side linked with loan deal for Sunderland struggler - report

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Panathinaikos are reportedly interested in taking Sunderland's Charis Mavrias on loan in January.

Panathinaikos are reportedly keen to sign Sunderland Charis Mavrias on loan in January.

Mavrias made his name at the Greek side before completing a move to Wearside last summer, but things haven't worked out for him at the Stadium of Light.

Reports emerged yesterday that Sunderland were keen to offload the 20-year-old and it seems that it a return to his homeland could be on the cards.

Mavrias came to Sunderland with a big reputation, but he has failed to make any sort of impression on the side and, if he does leave in January, it is likely to be without a Premier League appearance this season.

Although Mavrias has been in the Black Cats squad on occasion this year, he has always been an unused substitute.

It means that the move has not been good for his development, or the club's finances as they are unlikely to recoup much of the £2.5 million they paid to buy the youngster when they do eventually sell him.

Sunderland are understood to be reluctant to allow Mavrias to leave on a temporary basis, preferring to get him off their books permanently, but they may have little choice.

The winger has done little to enhance his reputation at Sunderland and, as a result, his profile remains relatively low so gaining interest from other clubs is proving a struggle. 

If Mavrias does return to Panathinaikos he will join a club currently playing in the Europa League and fighting it out for the Greek title, meaning the standard of football should be of a high quality. 

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