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SEARCHING FOR A STRIKER

01 Dec 2010
Lendoiro admitted that Deportivo could attempt new signings during the winter window, and the first name to show up is Greek striker Georgios Samaras.

The Winter window is opening its doors and Deportivo could be tempted in finding cheap solutions to cover some gaps, something that president Lendoiro admitted during the past week, “We always admitted it, even after August as we were looking at the market, this in order to realize if there were more options, players without contract, but nobody came, and we still looking to sign a player that can improve what we already have. What we can’t allow is to fail, and I believe that all our signings mean to get quality at a good price, but we are having a terrible luck with the injuries”

One of the main weak points is located at the striking zone; the club has missed a real top-scorer in recent years and the situation hasn’t changed on this season. Riki was the Pichichi on the past liga edition, but on this campaign he has spent more time outside than inside the pitch, firstly because Lotina preferred other options and later due to the injuries.

Neither Adrian and Lassad are scoring tons of goals, and each day Lotina sees the duo more as second strikers or players that can perform at the secondary line rather than been the reference up front. The Basque coach has been even forced to pick up Dioni, the Pichichi of Depor B, in some opportunities, like in the past home game against Málaga FC.

For this reason the arrival of a central attacker and a natural goal-scorer is considered as the main need, actually the club tried to sign that kind of player during the summer window, but without any luck. And for the moment the first name that has been linked with Depor is Georgios Samaras (25, Celtic Glasgow).

Scottish paper The Sun wrote on Tuesday that Deportivo is keen to negotiate for the striker in an operation that seems favourable for two reasons, first because the Greek forward is not playing too often with Celtic (eight SPL games, only three times as starter), and later because he is ending contract in June of 2011, which could even mean that the Galician club could sign the player for free.

The Sun wrote that the Greek striker is stalling on a contract extension offer to stay at Celtic, but that at the same time Depor could start to negotiate with the Scottish club within days. It was also mentioned that Hercules FC –Depor’s next rival in liga- is also interested in the player.

Samaras had a great career at Dutch club SC Heerenveen  scoring 21 Eredivisie goals in 47 appearances, but later lived difficult times as he was transferred to Manchester City on 30 January 2006 for a fee of £6million. He then went to Celtic F.C. (2008) and has scored 25 goals in 75 matches with The Hoops. Despite having a decent performance in the last FIFA World Cup, Samaras has barely played on this season, mainly because the signings of Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Daryl Murphy have limited his chances at the team, situation that could make easier his arrival to La Coruña.

In this way the name of Samaras is the first one that’s linked with Depor during this winter window, and the fans shouldn’t be surprised if more names of strikers come out in the coming days. At the same time, there are rumours that Depor could be tempted to sell one of its players during the period, and the first name on the list is central defender Ze Castro.

It is well known that the Portuguese central defender is unhappy as he hasn’t been a starter within the last two seasons; a few weeks ago he told to radio Renascenca in Portugal that he was thinking in leaving, "Things aren’t right at this point. It is complicated on a personal level, as well as in a professional sense. I am not satisfied because at this point it's not good, but we´ll see how things evolve. I think that I have much more to give than what I have done so far, and it's not always my fault. I still have a lot to offer and I hope that things develop in a positive manner, so that I will be able to find new challenges."

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