PAOK announce El Kaddouri, Vieirinha lowers his demands
Following a shocking defeat to Ostersund in Europa League qualifying, PAOK will look to quickly regroup and move on with hopes of a successful domestic season. The club is expected to bring in reinforcements in key positions, with El Kaddouri completing his move to Thessaloniki on Thursday.
As expected, El Kaddouri made his move to PAOK official on Thursday after signing a 4-year contract with the club. The midfielder joins the Thessalonikis on a transfer move from Italian side, Empoli.
El Kaddouri began his career in the Italian Serie B with Brescia Calcio and his performances in the Italian second division drew the attention of Napoli, who he signed with in 2013. In his first season at Napoli, El Kaddouri made 14 appearances, half of which were in the Europa League, but his wish for more playing time led to a loan deal with Torino. He remained in Turin for 2 season making 76 appearances and scoring 9 goals.
His return to Napoli was short lasted as he transferred to Empoli in a €1.2 million deal. Following Empoli’s relegation at the end of last season, El Kaddouri expressed his will to leave the club and seek a new challenge in his career by joining PAOK. .
The 27-year old midfielder is an active member of Morocco’s national team and sinee 2013, has made 29 appearances for his country with five goals to his name.
Former fan favorite, Adelino Vieirinha, has been a consistent name in PAOK’s transfer gossip this summer and his return to Thessaloniki could become a reality by the end of the month. The Portuguese player has lowered his demands and the only obstacle that stands in the way of his return to PAOK, is Wolfsburg’s asking price of €1.2 million to release the player. PAOK are willing to wait until the end of August for Wolfsburg to lower their price, however in any other case, PAOK will look to sign the player in January (his contract expires in June 2018).