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Petric off to Panathinaikos

Mladen Petric is relishing the prospect of linking up with Panathinaikos after agreeing a deal to join the Greek club.

Petric was recently released by West Ham United, having only spent four months at Upton Park after arriving on a free transfer in September.

The Croatia international was only able to make three appearances for the Hammers, all as a substitute, as he struggled with a calf problem.

West Ham have lacked firepower all season and Petric did not manage to score a goal for the club.

"Mladen Petric has been released on the fact that unfortunately, for whatever reason, he never recovered from his injury that he picked up, so that was another one who everybody seems to forget about who sadly wasn't able to make an impact for us," manager Sam Allardyce said when he was released.

Petric is now heading to Panathinaikos on an 18-month contract and is looking forward to the challenge.

"I had some other offers but my wife has wanted to move to Greece for a while now, so I said yes," the former Fulham and Hamburg player told 24sata.

"I believe I will not have any problems with adaptation, I know a lot of the lads. They all told me great things about this club."