It seems as though there could be more bad news for West Ham fans today.

According to a report from the Mirror, alleged Hammers target Mbwana Samatta is closing in on a £8.5 million switch to relegation rivals Aston Villa from Belgian side Genk.

BBC Sport reported last month that West Ham were keen to sign the 51-capped Tanzania international.

With the Mirror claiming that Samatta is set to join Aston Villa, however, the Hammers’ hopes appear to be over.

West Ham desperately lacking in the final third

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Mbwana Samatta (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The Hammers are so short up front. £45 million summer signing Sebastien Haller is failing to fire, and Albian Ajeti is clearly not of the required standard to succeed in the Premier League.


And Samatta would have been a really useful addition. He is not the most prolific, with 10 goals in 28 appearances for Genk to his name this season.

The Tanzanian does possess blistering pace, however, and would have provided the Hammers with an entirely different facet to their attacking play.

And in this day and age, £8.5 million would have been a very reasonable price to pay for the Genk ace.

West Ham will now have to pursue other targets.

But in truth, there are other positions rather than attack in need of more urgent attention.

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