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Newcastle have reportedly taken an interest in Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, according to BBC Sport.
The transfer window is lurking around the corner and Steve Bruce and his staff seem to have a clear strategy in mind with regard to recruitment, with the focus seemingly on a new striker.
West Ham are also reportedly tracking the 24-year-old, though, and if both clubs were to bid the required fee then Newcastle would have some persuading to do in order to attract him to St James’ Park.
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The price difference isn’t the only notable contrast between Samatta and the Brazilian – a quick look at their goalscoring record evidences that.
Sambatta may be able to provide that difference. His eight goals in 18 games this term – adding to the 32 he scored last season – show he is a player who knows where the goal is, even proving a thorn in the side of Liverpool and RB Salzburg with goals against them in the Champions League in 2019/20.
His ability to score with both feet as well as his head should make him a good fit for the Premier League, but much of his success could be down to how Bruce utilises him, and given his current system it is likely he will have to settle for substitute appearances.
He would probably face a similar scenario at West Ham, and therefore he may be better suited moving to the Magpies, particularly as Joelinton’s place could be put under pressure if his current scoring rate continues.