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By ESPN Staff

Bremen swoop for Papastathopoulos

Werder Bremen have signed Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a season-long loan from Genoa.

The deal, which also includes an option for the Bundesliga side to make the move permanent next summer, was completed on Thursday after the player met Werder general manager Klaus Allofs at the team's pre-season training camp in Donaueschingen.

Allofs said of the 23-year-old centre-half: "He is a young player who with Genoa and Greece has already gained some experience. With his speed, strength and tackling he will certainly help us.''

Papastathopoulos, who has also had spells with AEK Athens and AC Milan, added on the club's official website: "After initial discussions with Klaus Allofs and (coach) Thomas Schaaf it was immediately clear that I would accept the offer from Werder.

"Now I will try to integrate as soon as possible into the team.''

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