It was suggested by the Daily Mail back in September that West Bromwich Albion had turned down the chance to sign Mbwana Samatta from Aston Villa in the summer.
Samatta fell out of favour quickly following his January move to Villa Park. He scored just once in 14 Premier League appearances for the Villans. And the writing looked to be on the wall for the forward when Ollie Watkins was signed in the summer.
It appears that there was a chance that he could have stayed in the Premier League. However, the Baggies reportedly rejected the opportunity to take him.
Ultimately, Samatta would join Fenerbahce on loan. But BBC Sport reports that he has already agreed a four-year contract with Fener for next summer.
Of course, Slaven Bilic’s side have not enjoyed the best start to the campaign. They sit second-bottom in the Premier League.
But given the start that Samatta has made, it would appear that they can still be content with their decision to not sign the Tanzania international.
He has scored two goals in seven league games for Fener. However, those goals came in the same game. So he has actually failed to find the back of the net in six of his appearances.
And despite the Baggies’ struggles, it is surely still fair to say that it has been a lucky escape. Even on a loan deal, he would surely not have come cheap.
Paying anything like those fees would have taken a significant bite out of Bilic’s budget. The Daily Mirror notes that the club were able to spend £20 million in the summer.
It is looking set to be a long season for the Baggies. But one decision they can arguably reflect upon positively was the call to not sign Samatta when Villa offered them the chance in the summer.