Greek giants eye Mavrias loan return

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PANATHINAIKOS are interested in taking Charis Mavrias back to Greece on loan in the January transfer window.

Winger Mavrias is yet to make a Premier League appearance under Gus Poyet, with the 20-year-old an unused substitute on four occasions in the top flight this season.

Mavrias’s lack of game-time since his £2.5million capture in the summer of 2013 has alerted former club Panathinaikos, who are interested in taking him back to Greece.

Panathinaikos are prepared to take Mavrias on a six or 18-month loan, with the latter taking him to the end of his contract at the Stadium of Light.

However, as the Echo reported last month, Sunderland are currently reluctantly to sanction Mavrias’s departure on loan.

Sunderland boss Poyet revealed that the Black Cats received several loan enquiries for Mavrias last January – rumoured to have included interest from Reading and Greek side PAOK – but the club were not currently looking to let him leave.

Mavrias impressed Poyet during pre-season – despite spending the majority of the friendly programme as a makeshift full-back – and is one of the most dedicated members of the Sunderland squad on the training field.

And with fellow widemen Emanuele Giaccherini and Ricky Alvarez both currently on the treatment table, there is little prospect of Mavrias departing imminently.

Panathinaikos realise as well that Sunderland are likely to favour Mavrias joining a Championship club on loan to further his footballing education.