Writer: Jasper's Parrot
Date:Friday January 18 2008
Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras will move to Birmingham if he agrees personal terms after the two clubs agreed a fee for the Greece international, according to reports.
The 22-year-old, who joined Man City from Dutch outfit Heerenven in January 2006, has failed to force his way into Sven-Goran Eriksson's first-team plans since the Swede took control at the City of Manchester Stadium.
According to BBC Sport, Samaras will join new signings James McFadden and David Murphy at St Andrews if he can agree terms. Samaras has been capped 12 times for his country and has scored three goals.
Samaras was linked with a move away from Manchester in the summer but opted to stay and fight for his place - earning the praise of Eriksson, who hailed the player's professionalism.
In October, former England boss Sven said: "Georgios is working hard; getting better and better and stronger and stronger. He is now tactically more aware of what to do out on the pitch in a game than he was. There is a big difference between the Samaras that I see now and the one that I saw when I got here in July.
"Georgios, to be fair, could have gone in the summer if he had wanted to but he said no and that he wanted to stay here and fight for his place. I am happy that he did. He is a fantastic boy who is professional and always open and willing to discuss aspects of his game.
"What Georgios has to do is decide is what type of player he wants to be. I don't think he should be doing a lot of tricks, he should be using his physical power because he is an extremely good header. For me he is a central striker and a good one as well."
One more to add to the list, perhaps, although it is unclear where Samaras would fit in if Argentine starlet Mauro Zarate completes his loan move from Qatari side Al-Sadd, as expected (see here).
Date:Friday January 18 2008
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