Report: Ex-Celtic and Manchester City striker to seal Middle East move

Georgios Samaras is leaving West Bromwich Albion, with the 29-year-old poised to join Al-Hilal where he will earn a reported $14 million over three years.

One-time Manchester City and Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has reportedly sealed a move away from the Premier League and West Bromwich Albion after failing to establish himself at the Hawthorns following his summer move to the club.

The 29-year-old had been linked with a move away from the Baggies for much of the past few weeks after making only a handful of appearances for the Midlands outfit since joining on a free transfer from Celtic.

According to the Greek Reporter, the striker will now head to Saudi Arabia and Al-Hilal, where he is expected to earn an estimated $14 million over the next three years.

The club’s multimillionaire owner Abdulrahman bin Musa’ad is footing the bill, with Samaras set to earn $3.5 million in his first season with that figure rising to $4.5 million in his second season with the team and jumping up to $6 million if he stays for a third and most likely final year.

Samaras is set to be unveiled by Al Hilal later this week, with the Greece international keen to get started with his new team, having made just eight appearances – all as a substitute – at West Brom.

Prior to that, the 29-year-old managed 74 goals in 248 outings for reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, whom he moved to from Manchester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.

Samaras had previously struggled to make an impact at the Etihad under then manager Stuart Pearce, scoring 12 goals in 64 outings.

Pearce had brought the striker to England from Eredivisie side Heerenveen in 2005, where he had notched up 30 goals in 110 games.

Despite these tallies, the 29-year-old remains a prolific force for the national side, scoring 46 goals in 81 outings for Greece to date, including the penalty against Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup then helped the Ethniki progress to the knockout phase.

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