Belgian side Club Brugge are ‘pushing’ to sign to striker Aly Samatta from Aston Villa, despite the fact he’s currently on loan at Fenerbahce.
The Tanzanian forward joined the Turkish giants on loan from Villa Park in the summer, having endured a difficult time in the Midlands following a £9.45m move from KRC Genk in January.
His time in Turkey has not been successful, though, with him managing just two goals in eight appearances so far.
That’s a disappointing return, to say the least, and it appears Brugge are looking to exploit the situation and do a deal with Aston Villa to take him back to Belgium.
Journalist Florian Holsbeek reports that they are ‘pushing’ to sign Samatta in January and want to ‘take advantage’ of the fact he ‘no longer plays’ in Turkey.
They are keen on the striker as he knows the Pro League well, having scored 76 goals and registered 20 assists in 191 games for Genk.
🚨Le Club de Bruges fait le forcing pour Aly Samatta. Prêté au Fenerbahçe, il ne joue plus. Bruges veut en profiter avec un attaquant qui connait le championnat et Philippe Clement. Un prêt avec option d'achat est sur la table #jpl #clubbrugge pic.twitter.com/ukHrSkH5yb
— Florian Holsbeek (@Florianholsbeek) December 22, 2020
Another plus point is his relationship with manager Philippe Clement, whom the striker worked with previously and scored 36 goals in 71 games under, his best record under any manager by some distance.
Brugge are already pushing ahead with their efforts to get a deal done and have proposed a loan deal with an option to buy to Aston Villa, although it’s not mentioned what price the option would be set at.
Nonetheless, that offer is ‘on the table’ according to Holsbeek, and Aston Villa have a decision to make on Samatta’s future once again.