Report: D.C. United interested in move for Georgios Samaras

The former Celtic forward has been a free agent since leaving West Bromwich Albion last summer.

D.C. United are considering a move for former Celtic and West Bromwich Albion forward Georgios Samaras, according to The Washington Posts Steven Goff.

Samaras, 30, is currently a free agent after being released by West Brom last summer, having spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan at Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal FC.

The Greece international was reported to be on the verge of joining Sampdoria in August but the Serie A club allegedly pulled out of the deal due to concerns over a nagging back injury [h/t Gianluca di Marzio], which he later rehabbed in New York.

During that time, the towering attacker began training with the New York Cosmos and also held “advanced discussions” about joining the NASL club on a permanent deal this winter as a replacement for the retired Raul.

Cosmos chief operating officer Erik Stover told World Soccer Talk in November: “Georgios is a wonderful guy and we were in advanced discussions with him going back several months.

“The good thing for us is that he’s been doing that with doctors and physiotherapists here in New York, and as he’s got healthier we’ve extended an offer to him to train with us.

“The good news is that he’s progressing and getting healthier, and we certainly still have an interest in him. He’ll probably have interest abroad as well, but we hope that we can pick the conversations back up again.”

Nevertheless, a deal with the Cosmos is still to materialise two months later, and it looks like D.C could be set to take advantage.

Goff’s report claims that the club “have shown an interest” in Samaras amid their bid to add more of an aerial presence up top and could look to move fellow forward Alvaro Saborio in order to bring the two-time World Cup veteran on board.

What kind of salary he would command still remains to be seen, but if the ex-Manchester City man can replicate the form that saw him bag 73 goals in 249 games for Celtic between 2008 and 2014 then he could well prove a worthwhile investment.

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