Losing their record signing Wesley Moraes to a severe knee injury during their win over Burnley, Aston Villa have spent a good part of their January transfer window trying to find a player to fill the void left by the Brazilian’s absence.
Rumours that Christian Benteke could return surfaced, as did a potential loan for Leicester City’s Islam Slimani, but it’s in Belgium that Dean Smith’s side could go fishing again, with Ally Samatta the reported target.
According to Het Nieuwsblad on Thursday afternoon, the Racing Genk forward is ‘on the way’ to Aston Villa.
It’s stated the Premier League side ‘would pay €10m’ to sign the forward, and if he did make the move to England, he would become the first Tanzanian to feature in the country’s top league.
There’s no mention of a bid actually being made yet, but it seems that if that figure was put in front of the Genk board, that could be enough to convince them to let the 27-year-old leave.
So far this season, Samatta has scored 10 goals and assisted his teammates twice in 28 appearances in all competitions, including a goal against Liverpool in the Champions League.