Samaras signs for West Brom

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Greece striker Georgios Samaras (C) practices with team-mates during a training session at Pernambuco Arena in Recife, Brazil on June 28, 2014, a day before their 2014 World Cup last 16 match against Costa Rica
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Greece striker Georgios Samaras (C) practices with team-mates during a training session at Pernambuco Arena in Recife, Brazil on June 28, 2014, a day before their 2014 World Cup last 16 match against Costa Rica (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

London (AFP) - Greece striker Georgios Samaras has joined West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal, the English Premier League side announced Friday.

Samaras has arrived at the Midlands club on a free-transfer after leaving Celtic in pre-season following six years with the Glasgow giants, having arrived at Parkhead from Manchester City in 2008.

However, the 29-year-old is not expected to feature in Saturday's trip to Southampton where the Baggies will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

"We've signed a player with vast experience and I'm delighted to welcome Sami to the club," Baggies' coach Alan Irvine told the club's official website.

"He has played a lot of football at the highest levels - Champions League, European Championships and World Cups -- and the feedback we've got on him, from people like Neil Lennon, states he thrives on the big occasion.

"He will certainly play in plenty of those in the Barclays Premier League.

"Georgios has played in big games for a Celtic team that have often had a lot of the ball and have had to work hard to break the opposition down.

"But he has also shown another side to his game in other matches when they haven't seen as much of the ball."

Samaras cost City £6 million ($9.9m, 7.5m euros) when he joined from Heerenveen in 2006 but scored just 12 goals in 65 games before moving to Scotland.

"I'm more mature now and know football better than when I was younger," Samaras said on Friday. "I had seven beautiful seasons at Celtic and I'll keep all those good things.

"Now it's a new start and challenge in my career, and I'm looking forward to that."

Samaras's arrival follows that of £10 million club-record signing Brown Ideye.

Samaras scored 73 goals in 249 appearances for Celtic, winning four Scottish titles with the Hoops.

He helped Greece to the last 16 of the World Cup in Brazil and has scored nine goals in 78 appearances for his country.

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