Liverpool face losing battle over £5m Greek striker

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Liverpool striker target Georgios Samaras is in no hurry to leave Celtic, according to manager Neil Lennon.

The Greek international was linked with a £5 million move to Anfield at the weekend, with The Daily Mail reporting that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the player’s performances in the Champions League.

The Sun also added that Samaras is eager to prove himself in the Premier League after failing to impress during a spell at Manchester City, but Lennon is confident the 27-year-old isn’t interested in switching the SPL for Merseyside.

“I’m not sure if anyone will want to leave just now, the way things are going. Samaras has been a huge player for the club. He’s been through a lot and has come out the other side and you can see what the fans think of him,” said Lennon, according to Metro.

“I don’t think he’d be wanting to leave in too much of a hurry. The fact we’re through [to the Champions League's last 16] is the difference.”

Liverpool have been heavily linked with strikers as the January transfer window moves closer, with Luis Suarez the only fit forward currently available to the manager.

Daniel Sturridge and Michu have both been speculatively placed on the radar, as the Reds try to make a push for European places without Fabio Borini (injured) and Andy Carroll (loan).

However, it appears Samaras will not be the answer to the forward problem at Liverpool, and Rodgers will now have to take his search elsewhere.

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