Lazio admit they are interested in signing Georgios Samaras, and could even land their man on the cheap in the winter.
The Greek international is out of contract at Celtic at the end of the season, when he would be able to leave the club on a free transfer. For that reason, the Scottish giants, who have been knocked out of European competition this term, could be willing to offload him for a price during the January window.
Lazio sporting director Igor Tare has revealed that his side have expressed an interest in the 28-year-old in the past, and as they consider transfer targets this winter, they could be about to make a move for his signature in the coming weeks.
“Samaras is a footballer I really like personally,” Tare is quoted as saying in the Daily Record. “We were previously interested in him four years ago if I remember correctly, but nothing happened. Next week we will sit down with our manager Vladimir Petkovic to determine our movements in the transfer market.”
Samaras began his career in Holland with Heerenveen, where his performances saw him linked with a move to Arsenal. Although he did pitch up in England, it was with Manchester City, who paid £6million for his signature in 2006.
After a disappointing spell at Eastlands he was loaned to Celtic in 2008, and they soon made his stay permanent. He has gone on to score 71 goals in 236 games for the Bhoys, helping them win three league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup.