Riera close to Olympiakos switch

Published Jul. 22, 2010 3:35 p.m. ET

Liverpool winger Albert Riera is expected to complete a move to Greek side Olympiakos on Friday.

More than 1,000 Olympiakos fans gathered at Athens Airport on Thursday to greet Riera, who has publicly expressed his frustration at being unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Anfield.

The Greek club has made no official statement about the likely deal.

The 28-year-old Riera failed to make Spain's squad for this summer's World Cup, although fellow Liverpool players Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina were included.

Olympiakos finished second behind Panathinaikos in the Greek league last season, and lost out on a Champions League spot to PAOK in the playoffs.