No deal yet for Dutch club’s Greek striker

Recent local reports of a finalized deal between Greek striker Giorgos Samaras of Dutch club Heerenveen and English Premiership club Manchester City were proven premature yesterday following news of a significant financial discrepancy between the negotiating sides, according to an English tabloid. Despite the talented 20-year-old Greek striker’s overall popularity among Manchester City fans, the English club’s administration has not agreed to meet the price set by Heerenveen, English daily The People reported. The transfer’s discrepancy is believed to be worth about 2 million euros. Manchester City has set 6 million euros as its limit, but the Dutch club is demanding 8 million to part ways with its six-foot-three forward. Just days ago, another English club, Arsenal, had expressed an interest in acquiring Samaras. But the Dutch club’s manager had said the player would stay at Heerenveen until the end of the season, while noting that Arsenal was not the only club interested in signing Samaras. Samaras helped his club reach the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and fifth in the Dutch league at the halfway point this season.

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