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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 03:29 23rd August 2014

ALBION boosted their forward options by making Georgios Samaras their ninth summer signing of 2014.

The Greece international penned a two-year deal.

The Baggies beat off competition from a host of clubs across Europe to land the signature of the former Celtic fans’ favourite on a Bosman.

Samaras impressed at the World Cup in Brazil. His dramatic stoppage-time penalty against Ivory Coast sent Greece through to the knockout stages for the first time in his country’s history, where they were only beaten by Costa Rica on spot-kicks.

He also played a pivotal role in Celtic’s run to the Champions League last-16 during the 2012/13 campaign.

Samaras began his professional career with Dutch outfit Heerenveen in 2002 before moving to Manchester City for £6million in January 2006 at the age of 20.

Under then-manager Stuart Pearce, he fired 12 goals in 36 starts in all competitions for City, before heading to Parkhead, initially on loan, in January 2008.

During his six-year stay north of the border, he notched 53 goals in 108 league starts and won four Scottish Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one League Cup.

Samaras carried his impressive Champions League form during the 2012/13 campaign into the SPL, scoring nine goals in 18 starts and seven substitute appearances to help earn him the club’s Player-of-the-Year Award.