The journalist stated, via his verified Twitter account, that the Hammers, as well as Newcastle United, were interested in signing the 26-year-old forward who has a reported release around the £10million mark.
Samatta scored against Liverpool in the Champions League in midweek and has eight goals already this season after featuring 18 times across all competitions.
When you consider £10million will hardly cover a limb of some Premier League players, West Ham being keen on Samatta seems like a smart move. The 26-year-old has proven his quality by scoring twice in the Champions League this season already and he is capable of playing as a right-winger as well as a centre-forward, so will likely prove good value for money. The Genk forward has generally looked lively in his four Champions League outings this season, he has averaged 2 shots per game as well as completed one dribble per game (Source: WhoScored), so could easily be a spark for Manuel Pellegrini’s side if added to the squad in January. The Hammers haven’t exactly been drowning in goals as of late and with the club’s current top-scorer, Sebastien Haller, having only averaged a goal every 225 minutes of action, as per BBC Sport, it’s clear a new forward being brought to the club, could make the world of difference.