Belgian outlet HLN have claimed that Aston Villa are set to complete a move to sign KRC Genk striker Mbwana Samatta for a bargain £8.5million, after he starred in the Champions League earlier this season.
Samatta, who was linked with Newcastle United and West Ham United back in November as per the BBC, has arisen on many clubs shortlists since shining in the Champions League – scoring three goals in Genk’s six group games.
One of those three goals came in a 2-1 away defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Now, he could make a second appearance at Anfield this season by joining Villa – when the Midlands side travel to Merseyside to take on Jurgen Klopp’s men in April.
The report claims Villa are to replace injured striker Wesley with Samatta. A 51-time Tanzania international, Samatta would become the first Tanzanian player to ever grace the Premier League when or if he makes his Villa debut.
TBR’s view – £8.5m a bargain for Samatta, could he help Villa survive?
What Samatta offers is a bit of everything. Yes, Samatta is quick and light on his feet, but he also boasts the strength expected of a player much bigger than he is. He also has the leap of a player like Lucas Moura – slight, but elasticated.
Samatta also boasts plenty of experience having clocked up nearly 200 outings for Genk – as well as more than 50 for his country. To score three goals in the Champions League this season shows he can be a player, especially at £8.5million.