GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 8 : Domagoj Vida defender of Besiktas JK throws himself in front of a ball of Ally Mbwana Samatta forward of Genk during the UEFA Europa League, Group Stage - Group 1 match between KRC Genk and Besiktas JK at the KRC Genk Arena on November 08, 2018 in Genk, Belgium, 8/11/2018 ( Photo by Nico Vereecken / Photonews via Getty Images)

Samatta could replace Hugill and replicate Vossen success at Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis is aiming to improve his striker options in the January transfer window.

And his quest for a new striker has led him to target Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, according to The Mirror.

Samatta has been in impressive form for Genk this season, scoring 15 goals in 23 games, including three strikes in the Europa League.

Boro are eyeing the 25-year-old, considering the future of Britt Assombalonga is in doubt.

Crystal Palace are among the clubs keen on Assombalonga, as per The Northern Echo, and the 26-year-old could leave in January.

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Rudy Gestede is another option for Boro but he could leave with Ipswich Town keen, according to the Mirror.

That would leave Middlesbrough with Ashley Fletcher and Jordan Hugill up front and they need better options if they are seriously going to compete for promotion.

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Fletcher has no goals and Hugill has three in the Championship this season, which will prompt Pulis to look for an upgrade.

Samatta could be that man if he could replicate his impressive goal scoring exploits in England.

The Tanzania international would be coming from Genk, just like Jelle Vossen did in the 2014/15 season.

Vossen impressed at The Riverside Stadium, scoring nine goals in 40 games but giving Patrick Bamford excellent support up front.

Samatta could be the next striker to move from Genk to Middlesbrough and thrive in England.

This could be the difference between promotion and staying down this year.

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