Aston Villa are reportedly hoping to sign Mbwana Samatta as Villa Park boss Dean Smith looks to strengthen his attacking options.
Dean Smith’s charges currently have some issues in the firepower department, especially since Wesley Moraes was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
According to Sky Sports News, Villa wanted to sign the 27-year-old Tanzania international in July last year, but in wake of their goalscoring problems, now seem to have rekindled the interest in him.
The SSN report adds that Galatasaray, Brighton and Watford had also been looking at Samatta, who is believed to have a £10.5million release clause and has been prolific for Genk, the club where Christian Benteke made his name before donning the claret and blue.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Samatta made 28 appearances in all club competitions so far this season, scoring 10 times – including against Liverpool in the Champions League – and registering two assists, while last year, he made 51 appearances with a return of 32 goals and six assists.
Here is what some Villa fans have been saying on Twitter about the reported interest in Samatta:
We can only believe and hope that he can save our season, I know the fans will be behind whoever we sign, he looks a smart signing for the price. UTV— The Vile Villan (@TheVileVillan) 16 January 2020
Hopefully he hits the ground running and puts away plenty of finishes for VILLA UTV— NoelAV1874 (@Noelmurray19) 16 January 2020
I’m just thankful we’re getting a striker – other than some of the ones mentioned this week . He looks quite pacey and knows where the goal is. I hope he can adapt quick to the pace of the prem.— Gav1827 (@GV18271) 16 January 2020
Really happy with this— SammyEv (@SammyEv2) 16 January 2020
Feels a gamble when we need something more proven in PL— Phill Hood (@thameswine) 16 January 2020
from what i saw of him vs liverpool and what i’ve heard, he seems to like staying central and making runs to make defenders work. but he’s quite strong and his aerial game certainly isn’t weak, as seen from his goal at anfield. he’s pretty quick too. will have to see him play tho— jamie richards (@j_d_richards) 16 January 2020
Hes a forward, what type doesnt matter, hes a forward and we need 2 of them— villa1874 (@villa18741982) 16 January 2020
will this trigger Kodjia leaving or will that be after we get another striker in? I’m a kodjia fan for what it is worth, but probably time for him to move on— RicardoAV (@RichieLionel81) 16 January 2020
Just watched some of Samatta…he looks decent. Obviously watching his best bits, you only really get to see, well, his best bits, but for 8.5mil or whatever, seems like good business. I suppose we’ll only really know that at the end of the season #avfc— Rich Tea ♨️ (@iamadunker) 16 January 2020
Getting Samatta in also means that other clubs won’t have us over a barrel when we’re negotiating to loan other strikers. No longer desparate so have more leverage.— Eddie (@edeolus) 16 January 2020
Let’s get Benteke back (on reasonable terms) in the number 20 shirt and give the fans a lift. #AVFC
Villa took to the field without a recognised striker in the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, a result that left Smith and co 18th in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton.