Bolton Wanderers could be beaten to Andre Moritz by Cypriot club APOEL
ANDRE Moritz is weighing up whether to turn down an offer from Wanderers and move to Cypriot title winners APOEL instead.
The Brazilian star, who scored seven goals for Dougie Freedman’s side last term, has been weighing up his options back home.
Moritz has been holding on to see if a deal materialises from the Premier League, but with APOEL able to offer Champions League football next season, they represent an attractive proposition for the 27-year-old.
Freedman has put his offer on the table and is currently unable to negotiate, potentially leaving the Scot without another member of the side that finished last season well.
Even more was expected from Moritz this season as his preparations for the previous two campaigns had been disrupted because of changing clubs.
He struggled with a number of niggling injuries on his arrival at the Reebok from Crystal Palace but found his top form at the turn of the year when he made all but two of his eight starts for the club.
Despite his relative lack of match time, only Jermaine Beckford scored more goals for the Whites – which leaves another worrying gap to fill if Moritz takes up the offer from Cyprus.
Moritz was strongly linked with Championship rivals Leeds United a fortnight ago with one of his two advisors claiming a deal had been signed – but the player took to Twitter to deny the reports.
But it is understood he has spoken with a handful of clubs at home and abroad in the hope of securing a longer deal.
APOEL, managed by former Blackburn winger Giorgos Donis, won the Cypriot league last season and will enter the Champions League at the third qualifying round.
They reached the quarter-finals three years ago, knocking out Lyon in the last 16, before losing to Real Madrid.