Newcastle are reportedly interested in signing FC Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, who scored for his side in Tuesday’s Champions League game with Liverpool, according to BBC Sport.
The Tanzanian striker is also interesting West Ham, and is believed to have a release clause in his contract, allowing him to leave for just £10 million.
He has made a great start to the season in Belgium, with him scoring six goals from his opening 13 games, with a further two goals in Genk’s current Champions League campaign.
He top-scored in the Jupiler Pro League last season with a 25 goals, which helped him win a league champion’s medal.
Obviously, Newcastle could not promise Champions League or Europa League football to Samatta, but the opportunity to play in the Premier League would be a huge draw for him.
Having sampled the atmosphere at Anfield this week, he is sure to want to play in similar surroundings on a weekly basis.
The other big attraction, of course, would be the salary on offer in England, with even Newcastle’s relatively low pay structure, in comparison to some of the other Premier League clubs, likely to be a vast improvement on what is on offer in Belgium.
Samatta could find the goals Newcastle are missing
Newcastle have continued to struggle for goals from their forwards this season, with still Joelinton’s strike at Tottenham being the only time any of them have been on the score-sheet.
Samatta could be the answer to that particular problem, with his eye for goal and aerial presence clear for all to see at Liverpool this week.
At what is considered a small fee in the current transfer market, and the player unlikely to be asking for an astronomical wage – in football terms at least – a move for the Tanzanian could be considered low-risk.
But the player turns 27 in December, and that would leave him just outside Mike Ashley’s transfer blueprint, so it may take all of Steve Bruce’s powers of persuasion, to get the green light for a deal.