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Celtic to buy Samaras from Manchester City

Greece striker Giorgos Samaras will continue his career at Celtic, as the Bhoys reportedly agreed yesterday with English Premier League club Manchester City to buy him for 4 million euros. The deal also includes the proceeds from a friendly between the two teams on August 6 in Glasgow. Samaras will sign a three-year contract. The 23-year-old had sought assurances he would get more playing time from next season at the Scottish champions. Celtic manager Gordon Strachan spoke with the Greek and explained to him his plans for the new season, after which Samaras agreed to stay at the club where he has been since January on loan from Manchester City. Another Greece striker, Angelos Charisteas has turned down a proposal by England second-tier club Ipswich Town. The East Anglia club offered the Euro 2004 winner a three-year contract, according to reports, with an annual salary of 1.6 million euros. It also offered just under 3.5 million euros to Charisteas’s club, Nuremberg. It was not just Charisteas who rejected the offer, but the German club also said no to the Championship side, sticking to the contract it has with Charisteas until 2011. Nuremberg was relegated from the Bundesliga last season, so it appears that Charisteas prefers playing in Germany’s second division to the English equivalent.