Report: Cardiff make club-record bid for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock (l) and coach Ronnie Jepson react during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town at Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2019 in...

Mbwana Samatta has fired KRC Genk to the top of the Jupiler League, but can he save Cardiff City from relegation out of the Premier League?

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City arrives at the stadium prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Gillingham and Cardiff City at Priestfield Stadium on January 5, 2019 in...

Signing players in January is “like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands” according to Neil Warnock (BBC). Though with Cardiff City aiming to survive their first season back in the Premier League, this is not stopping the veteran gaffer from trying to bring a prolific centre-forward to South Wales.

So far this month, The Bluebirds have been linked with Ivan Santini and Oumar Niasse while a stalling club-record deal for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala has left Warnock frustrated.

 

But, according to France Football, there is a new name on Cardiff’s hitlist – the KRC Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.

A 26-year-old Tanzania international, Samatta is enjoying the most prolific season of his career to date. He has scored 24 goals in just 31 games in all competitions, firing Genk seven points clear at the top of Belgium’s Jupiler League.

Ally Mbwana Samatta forward of Genk celebrates scoring a goal during the Jupiler Pro League match between KRC Genk and KAA Gent on December 26, 2018 in Genk, Belgium, 26

And France Football reports that Cardiff have now identified Samatta as an alternative to the elusive Sala, offering £11.6 million. Genk have turned down their opening offer, however, with a league title in their sights.

Should Cardiff raise their bid and secure Samatta’s services, he will exceed Chile midfielder Gary Medel as the club’s record signing.

Genk's forward Mbwana Samatta (C) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group I first-leg football match between Besiktas and Genk at Besiktas Park...

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