Mbwana Samatta: Aston Villa hoping to sign Genk striker for £10m

By Phil McNultyChief football writer
Genk striker Mbwana Samatta reacts after a goal is disallowed
Mbwana Samatta has scored 43 league goals in 98 appearances for Genk in Belgium's top flight.

Aston Villa are hoping to complete a £10m deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta as manager Dean Smith moves to strengthen his attacking options.

Smith needs to bolster this area after losing Brazilian forward Wesley for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained at Burnley on New Year's Day.

Samatta, who scored against Liverpool in this season's Champions League group stage, has emerged as a Villa target.

But the fine details of the transfer are yet to be agreed.

The 27-year-old Tanzania international requires a work permit so he will not be available in time for Villa's visit to Brighton on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Villa's Jonathan Kodjia has completed a move to Qatar side Al Gharafa.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international, out of contract at the end of the season, has made just nine appearances in the current campaign, with his only two goals coming against an under-strength Liverpool side in December's Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Villa, 18th in the Premier League after 22 matches, have also been linked with 31-year-old Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.

The Algeria international is currently on loan at Monaco, and Smith said the club may have to take some gambles this month.

"January is even harder without recognised strikers as clubs can stick prices up a bit, it always has been a tough window and we have to take a couple of risks," said Smith.

"I'm calm and confident we will get players but we have big games and, if we don't get one in by Saturday, it'll be the third in row without a recognised striker.

"We have to make sure we do the best we can without and hope we can get one through.

"There is a necessity there. With Wesley getting injured and Keinan [Davis] being out we have to strengthen massively so we are looking for a couple."

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