Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta is amongst West Bromwich Albion’s transfer targets, according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley.
West Brom are seeking attacking reinforcements before the transfer window closes and it is believed a shock move for Villa striker Samatta is being considered.
Villa are also looking to boost their attacking options and have already signed Ollie Watkins. Dean Smith is chasing another forward but is open to letting the Tanzanian striker leave the club.
However, Madeley also confirms West Brom’s main target is Huddersfield Town striker Karlan Grant, with Watford’s Andre Gray is also in the mix.
Mbwana Samatta Amongst West Brom’s Transfer Targets
Samatta Managed Just One Premier League Goal Last Season
Villa forward Samatta only arrived in January but struggled to make the desire impact his £10 million price tag brought. He has managed just two goals in his nine months with Villa: one on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth while the other was in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
Dean Smith has been targeting the forward areas throughout this window an,d with Watkins’ signing and Bertrand Traore’s impending arrival, Samatta’s days appear numbered.
West Brom are desperate to boost their own attacking options following their heavy defeat to Leicester City in their Premier League opener. Karlan Grant remains Slaven Bilic’s primary target but Samatta is under consideration.
Samatta has struggled in English football but has shown at previous clubs his qualities. He was integral during his spell at Genk and even scored a Champions League goal at Anfield against Liverpool.
It would be considered a surprise if West Brom pursue a deal for the Villa forward. However, should they push for Samatta, they will face stiff competition from clubs across Europe, including Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
Villa would like to recoup most of the money spent on Samatta. However, a loan deal is a more likely option for interested clubs.