Samaras keen to join Celtic permanently

Georgios Samaras is keen to win a permanent move to Parkhead, according to his agent.

The Greece international, who won an SPL championship medal after a four-month loan spell at Celtic Park, hopes to leave Manchester City for a long-term deal north of the border.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is keen to capture the £3m-rated striker but the 23-year-old is being hampered by the uncertainty at the City of Manchester Stadium where manager Sven-Goran Eriksson’s own future is in doubt.

Samaras’ agent, Lee Anderson, told the Scottish Sun newspaper: “Gordon wants to keep him and Georgios wants to stay.

“The player is clear in what he wants, but the problem is down to the confusion at City.

“The first thing I’ll do is find out from City chief executive Alistair Mackintosh what is going on.”

Meanwhile, Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati is wanted by several Serie A clubs, according to his agent Andrea D’Amico.

The Italian arrived from AC Milan last summer for a fee of around £1.4m on a four-year deal but has spent much of the season on the bench, including the last seven SPL games of the season which Celtic won to retain their title.

D’Amico told the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper that he wants talks with the Parkhead club over his client’s future.

He said: “There is strong interest in Massimo from Serie A.

“I now have to speak to Peter Lawwell (chief executive) to discuss the situation further because we don’t know what will happen at Celtic next season.

“Massimo tells me that he has a close relationship with the manager, Gordon Strachan, but he was disappointed in not playing in the final games of the season.

“The manager assured him there was no problem and so Massimo wants to stay if there is a possibility of playing but if the manager is not happy and cannot give him that, then he should tell us.”

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