West Bromwich Albion rejected the chance to sign Mbwana Samatta this month, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Aston Villa striker is on the verge of joining Fenerbahce on an initial loan.
It will come as little surprise to many Villa supporters that Samatta is seemingly heading for the exit. He struggled following his £8.5 million switch to Villa Park in January.
Nevertheless, The Sun reported earlier this month that the Baggies wanted to land Samatta. Slaven Bilic’s side need to strengthen their striker ranks before the window shuts. And it appeared that they were hoping to scupper Fener’s hopes of signing the Tanzania international.
However, the Mail has now reported that West Brom ultimately turned down the chance to sign the 27-year-old.
TBR View: West Brom look to have made wise move not seeking Samatta loan
It is not clear why a potential move broke down. But given that the Mail notes that Samatta is set to leave on an initial loan, it would appear that the financial aspect of the move may not have been what put Bilic’s men off.
In fairness, he would not have come cheap, even on loan. Spotrac shows that he earns £40,000-a-week at Villa Park.
And having only scored one Premier League goal, Bilic may have decided that he would not be worth the outlay.
West Brom have already taken Conor Gallagher on loan this summer. So they may have felt that it would be a gamble to also bring in Samatta as they would then be unable to sign any other Premier League players on loan.