Mbwana Samatta: Aston Villa hoping to sign Genk striker for £10m

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       Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said the club are working hard to sign a couple of strikers this January

1:08 Aston Villa boss Dean Smith said the club are working hard to sign a couple of strikers this January

Aston Villa are hoping to complete a £10m deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta as manager Dean Smith moves to strengthen his attacking options.

The 27-year-old, who is famous for scoring against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League group stages, has bagged an impressive 76 goals for "The Smurfs" in just 191 appearances.

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.

However, it's thought that due to Samatta needing a work permit, that he's not likely to be available for Villa's clash with Brighton this weekend.

Should that be the case, Villa could once again be without a recognised senior striker for the clash at the Amex Stadium, with Anwar El-Ghazi filling in up front during the games against Leicester and Manchester City.

Smith's side are 18th in the Premier League after 22 matches.

Crystal Palace and Norwich have been keeping tabs on the Tanzania worldwide and he has also been linked with a move to Brighton in the winter window.

The Algeria global is now on loan at Monaco, and Smith said the club may have to take some gambles this month.

"There is a necessity there".

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