Baggies striker Georgios Samaras heads east

West Bromwich Albion striker Georgios Samaras is set to join big-spending Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

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The Greek international, who joined the Baggies in August last year, is expected to head to the Middle East on a six month loan with a view to a permanent deal

Samaras, who arrived at Albion on a two-year deal, is one of a host of summer signing who have failed to make an impact at the Hawthorns this season.

He has played just eight times for the first team including five league games and three cup matches, all without finding the net.

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Should the deal be completed he will become the third summer signing to head through the door in quick succession.

Silvestre Varela has completed a loan switch to serie A strugglers Parma.

And Sebastian Blanco is set for a return to his native Argentina, with San Lorenzo leading the chase for the 26-year-old's signature.

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