BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Former Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is expected to finalise a switch to Serie A side Sampdoria this week.
The 30-year-old, who is a free agent after his contract with West Bromwich Albion was terminated this summer, has been in talks with Samp director of football Carlo Osti.
It is thought that negotiations regarding a two-year deal are at an advanced stage, however with Walter Zenga’s side in Europa League action against Vojvodina last night the formalities were put on hold.
Samaras is now expected to arrive in Genoa over the weekend to make the latest move in a varied career, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.
Following spells with Heerenveen and Manchester City, the lanky Greek international joined Celtic in 2008, initially on loan before making the switch permanent.
He scored 73 goals in 249 appearances for the Hoops but left the club in 2014 on the back of an impressive World Cup in Brazil, making the ill-fated decision to join West Brom.
After playing just eight games for the Hawthornes outfit – all from the bench – he played out the tail-end of the campaign on loan in the Middle-East with Al-Hilal. He will now attempt to kick-start his career in the Italian top flight.