Turkish side Besiktas are reportedly interested to sign Aston Villa player Mbwana Samatta this summer.
According to a report from Turkish outlet Fotospor, the 27-year-old has emerged as a target for the Super Lig club.
The Tanzania international has struggled to meet expectations at Villa Park after joining them in January from Genk, netting only two goals for the Lions in 16 appearances.
The centre-forward’s bluntness in front of goal ultimately didn’t prove catastrophic for Aston Villa, who managed to survive in the top flight for another season.
Dean Smith’s side are currently preparing for the upcoming Premier League season, and today they confirmed the signing of Brentford player Ollie Watkins for a club-record fee.
Newcomer Watkins is said to have cost Villa around £33 million all-in, and Smith will likely feature him regularly in the first team.
With Wesley Moraes hoping to recover soon and prove his abilities at Villa Park, it seems that the former Genk player’s days are numbered.
The Lions expended £8.5 million to hire the forward (as per BBC Sport), and if the Turkish side are serious about doing transfer business, then they should try to recoup what they paid.
The 27-year-old hasn’t been in Aston for a year yet, so they look to be in a good position to ask for a decent fee even though the player’s form has been poor.
And if they found Besiktas to be less cooperative, then perhaps they can employ him for backup purposes for the upcoming season.