West Brom sign Georgios Samaras

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West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Georgios Samaras on a two-year deal after he was released by Celtic as a free agent earlier in the summer.

The Greek international becomes new Baggies boss Alan Irvine's ninth summer signing, joining the likes of Joleon Lescott and Cristian Gamboa in moving to the Hawthorns. As they bid to improve on last seasons 17th place finish.

The 6ft, 4inch striker will compete with club record signing Ideye Brown, Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe for a place in Irvine's new look attacking line-up.

Irvine told the Baggies' official website: "We've signed a player with vast experience and I'm delighted to welcome Sami to the club"

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Past experiences 

The forward will be hoping to have a more successful spell in England this time round after spending two woeful years at Manchester City before being shipped out to Scottish side Celtic in 2008. 

The Greek struggled for game time at City as well as failing to adapt to the physicality of the English top flight. Claiming he needed to move on to further his career at both club and international level.

However it was at Celtic that the Greek experienced the most successful spell of his career. Making 249 appearances and scoring 73 goals for the Bhoys over a six year period, in which he won four Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish Cups.

International career

As well as experiencing success at club level Samaras has also enjoyed a fruitful international career, earning 78 apps apps and scoring nine goals for his native Greece. Leading the 2004 European champions on memorable runs, most notably at this year's World Cup where they progressed to the round of 16 where they were knocked out by surprise package Costa Rica. 

A player with a known pedigree to be able to score on a regular basis, Samaras could prove to be one of the bargain buys of the summer. With West Brom fans hoping he will prove to be the key to their survival for yet another season in the Premier League. 

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