Birmingham boss Eck ponders Samaras bid

Birmingham chief Alex McLeish will decide over the weekend whether to step up his bid to sign Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras.

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The Midlands club are understood to be close to agreeing a fee - believed to be in the region of £2.5 million - for the Greek international who has had few opportunities since the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson.

McLeish has already brought in Everton frontrunner James McFadden for an initial £5million with Al-Sadd forward Mauro Zarate poised to join on loan next week.

Samaras joined Manchester City for £6 million in the 2006 January transfer window from Heerenveen but has had only a limited impact.

McLeish said: "I don't like to talk about any possible deals until they are completed but there is an interest in Samaras."

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