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Aston Villa closing in on £8.5m Genk striker Mbwana Samatta

  • Tanzanian in line to complete transfer from Belgium
  • Samatta will need work permit to play for Villa

Aston Villa are close to agreeing a deal to sign Mbwana Samatta after productive talks with Genk over the Tanzania striker.

Negotiations with the Belgian champions are continuing, although it is understood that Villa have agreed to pay £8.5m to buy the 27-year-old. Dean Smith has been desperate to bolster his striking options after Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury and with Villa having dropped into the relegation zone after last week’s heavy defeat by Manchester City.

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