Villa snap up Samatta in bid for survival

LONDON (AFP) – Aston Villa completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk for a reported GBP8.5 million (USD11 million) fee on Monday.

Samatta has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted.

The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season, including against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield.

“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club,” said Villa manager Dean Smith.

“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Smith was badly in need of reinforcements up front after Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season due to knee ligament damage.