Celtic striker Georgios Samaras would say no to a move to Liverpool, according to Neil Lennon, with the manager insisting his star striker is happy in Scotland and wants to play in the Champions League last 16.

After scoring seven goals for the side this season, including a crucial one in the first match against Barcelona in the European tournament, the 27 year old has drawn interest from numerous clubs as he continues to score.

Liverpool in particular are keen on landing the Greece international, with a price of £5 million said to be very attractive for Brendan Rodgers as he looks for strikers who are within the club's strict budget.

But Lennon insisted that any possibility of Samaras leaving wouldn't happen until the summer, with the club having made it through a tough group to the round of 16 in the Champions League.

"I'm not sure if anyone will want to leave just now, the way things are going," he said, according to Metro. "Samaras has been a huge player for the club. He's been through a lot and has come out the other side and you can see what the fans think of him.

"I don't think he'd be wanting to leave in too much of a hurry. The fact we're through [to the Champions League's last 16] is the difference."

Georgios Samaras
Georgios Samaras is a reported target for Liverpool.

Liverpool are desperately in need of a striker, after letting Andy Carroll go without a confirmed replacement on deadline day in the summer.

Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge have also been linked with the club as they seek someone to support Luis Suarez up front, with Rodgers insisting that signings will take place to build on the squad in January.

"Summer was a real learning experience here for everyone," he said in October. "Everyone sees we need to add to the goal threat of the team.

"It'll always be the case that I'll be able to bring in the players of my choice. Obviously there'll be money available to do that in January.

"The scouting team are out there now compiling lists and looking at targets that we can hopefully bring in if they are affordable and available. I'm confident of that. Myself and the scouting network are looking at players and whichever one we want to go for, then we will do that."