Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta in Turkey as he nears loan move to Fenerbahce just eight months after arriving from Genk in £8.5m deal
- Mbwana Samatta last scored on March 1 after a bright start to life in England
- Samatta was turned down by Villa’s Midlands rivals West Brom earlier this month
- Dean Smith could bring in Chelsea pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Ross Barkley
Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta is in Turkey to negotiate a proposed move to Fenerbahce.
The 27-year-old only joined in January for £8.5million from Genk but has failed to have the desired impact as Villa struggled and flirted with relegation. He has scored twice in 16 appearances.
Manager Dean Smith has brought in Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a club-record £28m and Lyon winger Bertrand Traore for £19m so has been looking to offset that spending with the sale of Samatta.
Mbwana Samatta has not featured at all this season and last scored in the Carabao Cup final
Aston Villa have bolstered their attacking options with the purchases of Bertrand Traore (left) for around £17m and Ollie Watkins for a club-record £28m
The Tanzania international was offered to West Brom earlier this month, but they turned down the chance and he is now in Turkey discussing a move to Fenerbahce, who finished seventh last season.
The deal is likely to be an initial loan, with Samatta talking to club staff and having a look around on Thursday before committing to a contract.
Villa are still looking to add players on loan themselves with Chelsea’s Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those they are keen on.
Loftus-Cheek was left out of Chelsea’s squad to face Barnsley on Wednesday, but talks with Villa are at a very early stage with other clubs also interested if he is allowed to leave.
Loftus-Cheek started in Chelsea’s 3-1 win against Brighton on the opening weekend of the season, but lasted just an hour.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles tendon in May 2019 and returned after lockdown