Bolton confirm Greek interest
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 28-year-old is out of contract in the summer and he is ready to turn his back on the current league leaders in Greece, in order to further his career elsewhere in Europe.
Giannakopoulos is a right-sided midfielder with an attacking temperament, and is an obvious attraction as he is on a free, and Allardyce has now confirmed his interest in the player.
"We have watched Giannakopoulos and believe he's available because he's going to be out of contract," said Allardyce.
"We have got an interest in him."
However, there is also interest from Italy in the player with both Chievo and Parma expressing a desire to sign the Greek and Bolton are unlikely to have a clear run at acquiring the player.
Meanwhile, Allardyce has revealed that the club will be attempting to sign loan stars Florent Laville, Pierre Yves Andre, Bernard Mendy, Ivan Campo and Salva Ballesta on a permanent basis.
"The chairman and I will discuss every player currently on a short-term basis to see what we are going to offer them," said Allardyce.
"Laville, Andre, Mendy, Campo and Ballesta are the first people we should deal with and they are all available.
"We will move as quickly as we can once we have decided on offers. We have a sum of money available and it is up to me to spend it on the best way forward."
Allardyce is particularly confident of landing Mendy, despite the fact the French Under-21 star has expressed his desire to return to France.
"Buying Mendy is not beyond us," he added. "He's 20 so he can be secured on a five-year contract with the price spread over that period. That means he could cost less than £1 million a year and would be valuable.
"Mendy has been reported as staying he wants to go back to Paris but it is a fact that he is available for transfer and that's the only thing that interests me. Paris St Germain have made it clear that they don't want him.
"The more of these five players we can secure on a permanent basis, the easier it will be to become more successful next season because they know what The Premiership is all about now and know they can handle it."