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Motherwell clinch signature of Cyprus U21 defender

Motherwell have captured Anorthosis Famagusta defender Angelis Charalambous. The 21-year-old was on trial for a lengthy period following Well's youth team's training camp on the island of Cyprus in January after the defender made an impression when the two teams played each other.

The Cypriot club have waived their right to compensation in return for a sell-on deal.

Motherwell's head of youth development, Gordon Young, who has been in Larnaca since Sunday, told how the deal came about.

He said: "We played Anorthosis whilst over in Cyprus with the Leonardo da Vinci programme last January and that's where we first spotted Angelis.

"As part of the programme, we've seen and played all the clubs in Cyprus but this year, we made great contacts with Anorthosis Famagusta.

"They are a Champions League club, the Rangers and Celtic of Cyprus if you like.

"We played their reserves and, whilst in discussions with Craig Brown, had identified the need for a right-back as that was a problem area in the first team and we didn't have a natural successor in the youth ranks.

"During that game, I really liked the look of their centre-half, Angelis Charalambous, and as a result, after some meetings, discussions and training sessions, I asked them if he could play right-back and was told he was comfortable all across the back four and even in midfield.

"We then suggested that, when we played Omonia Nicosia later that week, Angelis should play as a trialist for Motherwell which he duly did.

"He played right-back and played very well. So I spoke to Craig and we agreed to bring him over on trial for a short spell.

"He played against St Johnstone reserves, Hearts reserves and Airdrie and did well enough for Craig and Archie (Knox) to agree that he was a player who had something we could develop.

"He's not the finished article, he may take some time before being considered for the first team but he has a one-year contract with the option of an extension.

"But, as a regular Cypriot Under-21 player, with versatility, he has something.

"We've taken a chance and he's taken a chance but he's a young man who is intelligent, has a great work ethic, has a great attitude and has adapted very well to the culture and lifestyle - although he keeps asking me how cold it is going to be!"

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