Aston Villa eyeing £10m-rated Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta


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Aston Villa look set to capture the services of Genk and Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta for £10m.

Manager Dean Smith has made bolstering his attacking options his January mandate after loosing Brazilian forward Wesley for the rest of the season.

Villa still have to workout work permit issues among other finer details before the deal can be done and dusted.

The club have also been linked to Leicester City striker Islam Slimani. The Algerian international is currently serving out a loan spell with Monaco in the French Ligue One.

One of their own Jonathan Kodija has attracted interests from the Ligue One and they are willing to part with the Ivorian.

“January is even harder without recognised strikers as clubs can stick prices up a bit, it always has been a tough window and we have to take a couple of risks,” said Smith.

“I’m calm and confident we will get players but we have big games and, if we don’t get one in by Saturday, it’ll be the third in row without a recognised striker.

“We have to make sure we do the best we can without and hope we can get one through.

“There is a necessity there. With Wesley getting injured and Keinan [Davis] being out we have to strengthen massively so we are looking for a couple.”

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