West Bromwich Albion have expressed an interest in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta in the January transfer window, it has been claimed.
According to Belgian news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, the Baggies are eyeing up the move on the forward in order to enhance their promotion push.
Samatta is a natural finisher, finishing as top goalscorer in Belgium’s Jupiler League last season as he led the line for Genk who won the league title for a fourth time.
The forward has continued his fine form this term, scoring seven goals in 20 games so far – three of which came in the Champions League.
Although Genk finished bottom of their group with only a single point, Samatta still managed to score against world champions Liverpool at Anfield.
Reports suggest that West Brom are among a group of English clubs keeping tabs on the forward; Brighton, Crystal Palace and Norwich have also watched Samatta this season.
Genk will be hoping to keep hold of their talisman to help turn around a dismal league campaign, with the club currently sat in eighth.
Samatta’s manager Hannes Wolf has already played down rumours that the striker could be on his way out in January, but reports claim a bid in the region of £10m could prize him away.
A move to England could be problematic as the striker’s Tanzanian nationality may impact his ability to get a work permit.
The acquisition of another attacker may see the Baggies offload one of their strike force with Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore all being linked with a move away.
Meanwhile, West Brom will be hoping to leapfrog Leeds United back into the Championship’s top spot at the weekend when they face Charlton Athletic at the Valley.
The fixture is a mirror of last weekend’s FA Cup third round tie, in which an early Kenneth Zohore strike was enough to sink Charlton.