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Mbwana Samatta bags brace to show Middlesbrough why they should splash £8m on his signature
EUPEN, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 23 : Ally Mbwana Samatta forward of Genk gestures pictured during Jupiler Pro League match between KAS Eupen and KRC Genk on december 23, 2018 in Eupen, Belgium, 23/12/2018 ( Photo by Philippe Crochet / Photonews via Getty Images)

Mbwana Samatta bags brace to show Middlesbrough why they should splash £8m on his signature

Middlesbrough are being linked with a transfer swoop on Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta. The report from The Mirror suggests that Tony Pulis views him as a perfect recruit to add some goals to the Middlesbrough attack. Britt Assombalonga, Jordan Hugill, Martin Braithwaite, Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher have all failed to be prolific this term.

With Rudy Gestede set to be moved on, Middlesbrough will be able to bring in the striker, who has been in fine form for KRC Genk this season. A fee in the region of £8 million for the player has been mooted as a potential starting point for negotiations.

Genk’s Mwbana Ally Samatta celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 football match between KAA Gent and KRC Genk in Gent on March 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / YORICK JANSENS / Belgium OUT (Photo credit should read YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)

This weekend he certainly showed Middlesbrough what they would be getting with his signature.

Samatta scored twice as Genk picked up a 2-0 win at KAS Eupen. His first goal was a scrambled left-foot effort. His second came from a brilliantly timed run behind the defence. His pace proved too much for the opposing defence and he chipped home a delightful finish.

It took his tally for the season to an incredible 23 goals in 30 games. Middlesbrough would, therefore, be getting their hands on a gem. If they pull this deal off it would, quite frankly, be an incredible transfer coup.

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