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According to BBC Sport, West Ham United are interested in making a move for Mbwana Samatta, with Newcastle United also considering the Tanzania national team striker.
Just days after scoring for Genk in their 2-1 loss against Liverpool, getting in ahead of James Milner to power in a header, Samatta has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
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The 26-year-old, who was the Jupiler League’s top-scorer last season with 25 goals, reportedly has a release clause in his contract of around £10m.
This time around, he has 8 goals from 16 starts and 1 substitute appearance across the league and Champions League, with this tally including the only goal of the game against Anderlecht and a clinical header against RB Salzburg.
It is understandable that the Hammers are interested in Samatta due to how prolific he has been for Genk this season and last.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that this is a very concerning sign for Albian Ajeti, who has struggled since making his move to east London, with this perhaps being an indication that the club are already losing faith in him.
Ajeti has played 244 minutes of football for the Hammers this season, a total that includes the full 90 minutes against Newport County and Oxford United, yet he still hasn’t managed to get a goal in claret and blue.
Another worrying sign comes from his time on international duty in September, when he played the full 90 minutes of Switzerland’s 4-0 win over Gibraltar, yet only took 2 shots, with 1 of those going on target, while he failed to get a goal contribution.
With all of this in mind, if West Ham do go out and sign Samatta, the 22-year-old could be in real danger of fading into the background at the London Stadium.