Bought when Aston Villa desperately needed a striker, Mbwana Samatta never really made a name for himself with the Premier League club.
He only ever made 16 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring two goals, and the Tanzania international was subsequently loaned to Fenerbahçe for the current campaign
While out there, the 28-year-old has scored six goals in 26 games for the Turkish club, which isn’t the most convincing, but it appears that won’t stop them from activating the purchase option in the deal, which currently stands at €6m.
Fotomac report the clause ‘will be activated’ in the summer, with the plan to then use the striker in a swap deal with Club Brugge to attract Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis.
This would see Samatta leave Aston Villa to then return to Belgium, where he first made a name for himself at KRC Genk before his move to Villa Park.
Not only that, but it appears, according to the website’s Editor in Chief Zeki Uzundurukan, that the striker ‘wanted to be used in the barter’.
It seems like going back to the Jupiler Pro League is what he wants, and if Aston Villa can recoup some of their original £9.5m expenditure in the process, then why not?