Villa sign striker Samatta from Genk

Villa also keen on Rio Ave forward Mehdi Taremi

Last Updated: 20/01/20 9:21pm

Mbwana Samatta has scored 43 goals in 98 appearances in the Belgian First Division A for Genk
Mbwana Samatta has scored 43 goals in 98 appearances in the Belgian First Division A for Genk

Aston Villa have completed the signing of striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk on a four-and-a-half-year contract.

The 27-year-old’s move is subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted.

Aston Villa are also keen on Rio Ave’s Mehdi Taremi as they look to sign a second new striker in the January window.

“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club,” manager Dean Smith told the club’s website.

“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Villa are also interested in Rio Ave's Mehdi Taremi
Villa are also interested in Rio Ave’s Mehdi Taremi

Villa made signing Samatta, who has scored 43 goals in 98 league appearances for Genk, a priority following the injury to striker Wesley who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Sky Sports News first reported Villa wanted to sign the 27-year-old Tanzania international in July of last summer.

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Aston Villa play Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday but Samatta’s transfer was not processed before Monday’s registration deadline for him to be involved.

He will also be ineligible to play in the second leg of Villa’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Leicester on January 28, live on Sky Sports.

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