According to a report on BBC Sport, West Ham United are interested in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta. The 26-year-old scored in the Belgian clubs defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday night and is reported to have a £10m release clause in his contract.
The forward joined Genk back in 2016 and is said to have also attracted interest from Newcastle United who are also looking to boost their front-line.
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Samatta has scored six league goals in 13 games this season but it’s his Champions League performances that will have caught the attention of Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham. In Europe’s premier competition, the Tanzanian has netted twice in Genk’s four group games.
The striker has an abundance of pace, provides a real threat aerially and is a competent finisher making him a bargain at £10m. Despite spending £36m on Sebastien Haller this summer, goals have proven difficult to come by for the London club and so they could be looking to dip back into the transfer market come January.
The Hammers have managed just 14 goals in 11 Premier League games this season and with the club running out of internal solutions, it’s likely West Ham will be linked with a number of strikers this winter.
With just Haller and Albian Ajeti to call upon as natural forwards (who have just four goals between them), perhaps adding a player of Samatta’s calibre to the London Stadium outfit is exactly what the Irons need to get themselves back up the table.