The Sun claims that West Brom are hoping to intervene and beat Fenerbahce in the race to sign Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta.
Turkish outlet Fanatik claims that the Super Lig giants think they have won the race to sign the 27-year-old on loan with an option to buy him next summer. The Baggies, however, would sign Samatta permanently if the price was right.
Samatta hasn’t really made the grade in the Premier League and last season he made 14 appearances, scoring just the one goal for the Villans.
Following the big-money signing of Ollie Watkins, it would seem Villa are keen to get some players out of the club to balance the books.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic will be keen to bolster his forward ranks after his side were vastly underwhelming in their season opener against Leicester City, losing 3-0 to the Foxes.
Spotrac claims the striker is paid £40,000-a-week by Villa and although they might have to pay a percentage of that, letting him out to play some football would be ideal.
Samatta cost Villa £8.5 million in January from Genk and was added due to Wesley picking up a serious knee injury.
The Villa striker probably does have something to offer a club on the continent but a top European league hasn’t proved fruitful for his game.
The Tanzania captain has played 51 times for his country, bagging 18 goals in the process.
His goalscoring record in Belgium was pretty good too; highlighting why Villa opted to take a punt on his signature in January.
He scored 76 goals in 191 appearances for Genk and naturally, Villa fancied him to do a job.
TBR View – Samatta would be underwhelming for West Brom
It’s hard to imagine a Premier League banking on Samatta to keep them in the division and this might prove underwhelming for West Brom.
The Tanzanian earned plenty of game time at Villa Park but in truth, he never looked capable of scoring a large number of goals in the Premier League.
West Brom might be desperate for a striker but this signing doesn’t look a particularly strong one on the face of things.