Georgios Samaras edges closer to Premier League return

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Georgios Samaras is closing in on a move back to the Premier League with West Bromwich Albion, according to the Daily Mailwho report that Samaras has held advanced talks with the West Midlands side. 

The 29-year-old Greek striker has been without a club since leaving Celtic at the end of the 2013-14 season. He has attracted interest from the likes of Sampdoria and Hamburg and most recently held talks with La Liga side, Malaga. 

The West Brom offer

His decision to accept West Brom's offer could, according to source, be because of personal reasons. It appeals in the sense that it would mean only a minor relocation for Samaras' family. 

What's more, it would give Samaras a second chance to prove himself in the English top flight. He previously had a two year spell at Manchester City between 2006 and 2008 where he managed to score eight goals in 54 games. 

While the move could be completed by the weekend, it's unlikely we will see Samaras in a West Brom shirt for the immediate future. He has no pre-season under his belt and will have to prove his fitness to new manager, Alan Irvine. 

However, his 6ft 4in frame may come in handy as the Premier League season develops for the Baggies. 

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Samaras' history

Samaras is best known for his six year spell at SPL champions, Celtic. In 171 games for the club he scored 53 goals and picked up four Scottish league championships in the process. He was on duty for Greece in the recent FIFA World Cup, scoring the crucial penalty to send his nation through to the knockout stages. 

West Brom are also thought to be interested in a deal for Atletico Madrid's Cristian Rodriguez. The 28-year-old Uruguay winger has been told he is no longer in boss Diego Simeone's plans for the coming season. 

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