EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Premier League trio West Ham, Stoke and Brighton are keeping close tabs on highly-rated Greek goalkeeper Giannis Anestis, Football Insider sources understand.
Anestis, 26, has caught the eye for AEK Athens this season, keeping ten clean sheets in 17 games in all competitions so far this season to help his side to second spot in the Greek Super League.
The athletic goalkeeper’s displays have not gone unnoticed among clubs across Europe with English trio West Ham, Stoke and Brighton all alerted to Anestis’ potential.
A well placed source has told Football Insider that the three Premier League clubs have sent scouts out to Greece to make regular checks on Anestis as they look to add to their respective goalkeeping options.
Anestis is out of contract at AEK Athens next summer and he could sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January when the transfer window reopens.
AEK would be loath to lose Anestis on a free transfer this summer and they bracing themselves for interest in the keeper in the New Year.
The 26-year-old excelled in the two Europa League group games against AC Milan, keeping clean sheets in the two games with the Italian giants and also earning a place in the Europa League Team of the Week for his performance in keeping Milan at bay at the San Siro.
Anestis’ impressive form this term saw him win his first call-up to the Greece national team and he was on the bench for their recent World Cup qualifying play-off defeat to Croatia.