What Samatta? Aston Villa sign actual striker for £10m

Matt Stead

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.

The Tanzanian has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted, for what is understood to be an £8.5million fee.

Samatta, 27, has scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season including a goal at Anfield against Liverpool in the Champions League.

Boss Dean Smith told Villa’s official website: “I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club.

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

Smith was eager to sign a striker as Wesley is out for the season with a knee injury, Keinan Davis has only just returned to training after three months out with a hamstring problem, while Jonathan Kodjia has joined Qatari side Al-Gharafa.

Samatta, however, is unable to make his debut in Tuesday’s Premier League clash at home to Watford as he missed the deadline to feature in that game.