Middlesbrough target Tanzanian striker Samatta
By Our Correspondent
Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta is being targeted by English side Middlesbrough FC.
Reports indicate that the Championship promotion contenders Middlesbrough are considering a move for KRC Genk’s prolific striker.
Samatta who features for Belgian Jupiler Pro League side KRC Genk is a target for coach Tony Pulis who is eager to strengthen his team.
It is thought that it will take between £7-8 million to bring the striker to the Riverside.
The striker has been in impressive form in the first half of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, picking up decent haul of 12 goals in 18 League games so far.
Samatta has carried his League form into the Europa League as well, scoring six goals in five games in the qualifying process and picking up another three goals in the Group Stage as Genk topped their group.
Samatta made his name in Africa, playing for Congolese side TP Mazembe from 2011 to 2016. The 26-year-old striker scored an impressive 60 goals in 103 games for the African outfit. In January 2016, Samatta won the award for African Footballer of the Year for players based in Africa, becoming the first footballer from East Africa to win the award.
Since then, Samatta has been in impressive form for KRC Genk, who he joined in January 2016. He has continued the form which saw him with African Player of the Year award, scoring 55 goals and picking up 14 assists in 151 games for Genk.
Samatta could also help Tanzania qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) if they can manage a home win against arch-rivals Uganda and hope that the game between Cape Verde and Lesotho ends in a draw.