Luka Milivojevic joins Crystal Palace from Olympiakos
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 01/02/17 7:07am
Crystal Palace have signed Serbian midfielder Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The former Red Star Belgrade and Anderlecht midfielder has scored six goals in 17 league appearances this season to help the Greek champions open up a 13-point lead at the top of the Superleague.
Milivojevic joins Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp as new additions at Palace this month and manager Sam Allardyce is excited to work with him.
The 25-year-old told the club's website: "I'm very excited to come to Crystal Palace and very excited to play in the Premier League, which is one of the best leagues in the world.
"I will try to do my best to give my best for the team and to adapt to the league and my new team as fast as possible.
"I'm a defensive midfielder, I'm the one who tries to control the game and bring balance to the team," he said. "I will try to do my best and bring my qualities as soon as possible.
"This year I've scored six goals in 17 games - which is a little bit strange for me! I've been a success this year [at Olympiacos]. In the league I've played nearly every game, I've only missed one and that was [due to suspension] because of the cards."
Allardyce added: "I am delighted to bring Luka to the club. He has experience in UEFA Champions League and International football and will add a new dimension to our midfield.
"He is a talented two-footed player with intelligent passing ability as well as being very strong defensively, in and out of possession."
The 25-year-old has won 19 caps for Serbia and played against Wales and the Republic of Ireland during World Cup qualifiers last year.
Milivojevic has been reportedly linked with a host of clubs during the current transfer window including Leicester, Sunderland, West Ham and Watford.