Mbwana Samatta impressed for Genk in their title winning campaign last season, scoring 32 goals and managing six assists from 52 appearances in all competitions.

The 26-year-old has continued his fine form into this term and has already managed six goals in nine matches.

According to Calciomercato, Southampton have set their sights on the 26-year-old and the report’s headline reads ‘Southampton: a new idea for the attack’.

A short update within the story explains the Tanzania international has become an ‘idea’ for the Saints in the mid-season transfer window.

Samatta’s current deal with the Jupiler Pro League side runs down in 2021, but the Italian website doesn’t suggest if either the player or Genk are open to the idea of January transfer.

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Southampton added Danny Ings and Che Adams to their squad in the summer and the duo join Shane Long and Michael Obafemi as the four centre-forwards available at Ralph Hasenhüttl’s disposal.

Considering the forwards’ league goalscoring form this season, perhaps Southampton are already looking at alternatives.