The FTSE 100 <.FTSE> index is seen notching up modest gains on Thursday, recouping the previous session's falls, as Greece edges nearer to getting its debt crisis under control.

Greece's leaders will continue talks to resolve one remaining issue to wrap up a deal on a bailout package crucial to avoiding a messy default. Greek officials said pension cuts were the sticking point.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said he hoped the party leaders could sort out their differences before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers at 5 p.m.

The UK benchmark looks set to climb 8 to 13 points, or as much as 0.2 percent, according to financial bookmakers, after it closed down 14.33 points, or 0.2 percent, at 5,875.93 on Wednesday.

(Editing by Mike Nesbit)