Spanish club interested in Celtic striker Samaras

Spanish club interested in Celtic striker Samaras

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that Spanish club Hercules Almelo have made a move to sign Georgios Samaras.

Paddy McCourt, who scored along with Samaras in Celtic‘s 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders on Sunday, is also the subject of interest and has been offered a new contract.

Lennon may also decide to keep “enigma” Samaras, who played just three games, and two of those off the bench, after Celtic‘s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Ross County in April.

But the Greece striker has returned from the World Cup in impressive form, also scoring from the spot against Manchester United in Toronto.

The coach of La Liga newcomers Hercules, Esteban Vigo, has admitted he is keen to sign the 25-year-old Samaras and Lennon and chief executive Peter Lawwell now have a decision to make.

“I think they have put a bid in, but I don‘t know how much for,” Lennon said.

“I don‘t know how concrete it is, I‘ve not spoken to Peter Lawwell.

“Sami is a bit of an enigma, really. But he certainly gave us food for thought after Toronto.

“We will contemplate what we are going to do but he is in that boat where he has a year left on his contract.”

Blackpool have reportedly made a bid for Northern Ireland winger McCourt but Lennon is keen to keep the 26-year-old.

“We have offered Paddy a two-year extension and the ball is in his court,” Lennon said.

“I am aware of interest from elsewhere but we would like to keep him.”

Celtic finished their North American tour with a match on an artificial surface and Lennon admitted he had some minor injury concerns after the match.

However, Glenn Loovens, Thomas Rogne (both hip), Scott Brown (foot) and Joe Ledley (hamstring) are expected to be fit for next week‘s Champions League opener against Sporting Braga.

Efrain Juarez is set to miss out though after returning to Mexico to arrange a visa after completing a medical with Celtic in Seattle ahead of his move to Parkhead.

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