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Sunderland said to have joined Atletico in bid to sign Celtic striker

Celtic’s Greek striker Georgios Samaras is reported to be wanted by both Atletico Madrid and Sunderland.

Sunderland have been busy during the January transfer market as manager Gus Poyet is gearing up his squad for a relegation fight.

High on the Black Cats’ list are natural goalscorers – with Argentine striker Ignacio Scocco also linked to the club.

The Mirror reported just a few days ago that Sunderland are said to be interested in Celtic striker Georgios Samaras – as the striker has just six months remaining on his current deal.

Celtic have presumably given up on trying to persuade the 28-year-old to stay at Celtic Park, and would rather cash in on the striker now than risk losing him for free during the summer.

The deal would make sense to the Hoops – as the striker’s exclusion now certainly wouldn’t derail them as they cruise to yet another Scottish Premier League title.

According to Spanish source Elgoldigital, the Greek striker remains Atletico Madrid’s number one transfer target in the winter market.

Manager Diego Simeone looks to add more bodies in the striking positions as an injury to Diego Costa could seriously hamper their hopes of landing a first La Liga title since 1996 – and the Greek’s diversity is a key reason why the Argentine is willing to bring him to Madrid.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that he has no idea whether Samaras will still be in Scotland beyond January 31st, yet he remains happy with the striker’s frame of mind, adding:

“I’m happy with his frame of mind. We’ve been talking to his representatives and he’s in a good place so I will have no hesitation in playing him. I don’t know if he’ll be here next week, though, is the honest answer. I really don’t know.”

The Spanish paper go on to suggest that a Sunderland bid for the striker is imminent – who reportedly wants to stay in Britain – yet  Atletico’s offer would be well worth Samaras holding out for.

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