Report: Aston Villa, Leicester and Brighton want £12m Mbwana Samatta

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Genk striker Mbwana Samatta could reportedly be heading to the Premier League with Aston Villa, Leicester City, Watford, Burnley or Brighton.

Ally Samatta of Genk and Peter Croonen, chairman of Genk, during the Jupiler Pro League play-off 1 match (day 10) between Krc Genk and Standard de Liege at Luminus Arena on May 19, 2019 in...

Newly promoted Aston Villa are among a number of Premier League clubs eyeing prolific Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, according to the Sun.

Villa face an unenviable task having to replace their top scorer Tammy Abraham, who is expected to return to parent club Chelsea after firing Dean Smith’s side back to the top flight. But Samatta’s remarkable 2018/19 campaign suggests that he could successfully fill the void left by the two-time England international.

 

Samatta fired Genk to the Jupiler League title last season with 23 goals, seemingly paving the way for a £12 million move to England.

The Sun adds that new Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter is also a big fan of the 26-year-old Tanzania international, who also has admirers in the shape of Leicester City, Watford and Burnley.

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...

Leicester, in particular, need a reliable goalscorer to take the pressure off Jamie Vardy while Brighton have been worryingly overly reliant on veteran Glenn Murray for a while now.

Samatta, who joined Genk from TP Mazembe in 2016, was recently given the prestigious Ebony Shoe award. The gong is handed out to the best player of African descent in the Belgian top flight and has previously been claimed by Youri Tielemans, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany and Michy Batshuayi.

Sander Boli Berge midfielder of Genk, Leandro Trossard forward of Genk, Ally Mbwana Samatta forward of Genkcelebrating winning the title of the Jupiler Pro League after the Play-Offs 1...

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