Everton are pondering a swoop for Greek World Cup star Giorgios Samaras, according to reports from The Metro.

The 29-year-old was recently released by Celtic after his contract expired, and is currently free to find a new club.

Despite having been heavily criticised for some lumbering displays through his career, the versatile attacker has been one of the stars of his nation’s miraculous campaign in Brazil so far, firing a last gasp penalty against the Ivory Coast in a 2-1 win to send the 2004 European Champions into the last 16.

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His showings in South America appear to have caught the eye of Toffees chief Roberto Martinez, who is planning for life with Romelu Lukaku.

The burly Belgian’s loan spell at Goodison Park is now over, which has left a gaping hole in their forward line.

Samaras represents a cost-effective option as the Spaniard looks to bulk out his squad for the demands of European and domestic football.

The lanky hit-man played for Manchester City between 2006 – 2008 before being sent to Celtic after failing to establish himself as a key first-team player.