As per a report from Sky Sports News, Aston Villa are inching towards the signing of Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.
Dean Smith’s Villa have endured a difficult campaign back in the Premier League to date.
The Villans currently occupy the final of the English top-flight’s relegation spots, and look set for a swift return to the Championship, if things don’t soon turn around.
Compounding the woes of the Claret and Blue, meanwhile, were a pair of hammer blows on the personnel front earlier this month.
A Premier League meeting with Burnley eventually saw Villa emerge with a potentially-crucial 2-1 win.
However, during the clash, both Tom Heaton and Wesley were forced off with what looked serious injuries.
As such, it came as little surprise when it was subsequently confirmed in the days that followed that the pair had been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, with knee ligament damage:
The Club can confirm that Tom Heaton and Wesley both suffered significant knee ligament damage during our match with Burnley on Wednesday and will now miss the rest of the season. #AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 3, 2020
Villa making moves
Villa’s board, though, to their credit, have since been proactive in adding reinforcements to Dean Smith’s squad this month.
First, Danny Drinkwater was signed on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign, before Pepe Reina arrived from AC Milan earlier in the week to cover for the sidelined Tom Heaton.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports, the Lions now appear to be inching closer to their 3rd addition of the January window.
The player being targeted, in the form of Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, would be brought in to add some much-needed firepower to Villa’s front-line.
Goalscorer Samatta has enjoyed a fruitful spell in Belgium since his arrival at Genk in 2016.
Across 98 total Jupiler League appearances to this point, the Tanzanian international has notched a very respectable 43 goals.
To this point in the current campaign, meanwhile, Samatta has found the back of the net 10 times across all competitions, including on 3 occasions in the Champions League’s group stages.
Villa are said to be ‘closing’ on a deal for the Genk star, who’s release clause stands at £10.5 million.
BREAKING: Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, Sky Sports News can confirm.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 16, 2020