West Ham United are interested in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta in the January transfer window, according to club insider ExWHUemployee.
Speaking on the West Ham Way show on Phoenix FM (37:23) he claimed that the club were scouting several strikers ahead of the upcoming window amid injury problems for Andy Carroll and Javier Hernandez, and a lack of form amongst other players.
Ex reported that Tanzania international Samatta, 25, was one of the players the club’s radar, with the Hammers also scouting some potential targets in Ligue 1.
Mbwana, who stands at 5ft 11in [Transfermarkt], has scored 14 goals in 16 games so far this season.
Samatta would certainly be an interesting move for the club, with the 25-year-old having a brilliant season so far for Genk. The Tanzania international has netted an incredible 14 goals already this season in just 16 games, although admitted his campaign started early as Genk came through Europa League qualifying over the summer. Still, that is a mightily impressive scoring record despite the inflated number of fixtures, and it is no wonder that West Ham are sniffing around the striker. His overall record for Genk stands at 48 goals in 128 games, which is again a good ratio, and the Hammers could do with a natural goalscorer like him. There are however questions over whether a move for a striker is that necessary for the club. Yes, there are concerns over the fitness and form of certain players, but by the time January comes around they should have most forwards fit and firing.