According to a report from BBC Sport, West Ham are interested in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta in January.

The Hammers have been somewhat toothless in attack in recent weeks, with Sebastien Haller looking totally isolated through the middle.

The problem for West Ham is that Manuel Pellegrini clearly doesn’t trust Albian Ajeti. So the Chilean has little option other than to persist with the Frenchman on his own up front.

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

And Samatta, 26, would be a useful addition for the Hammers.

The 51-capped Tanzania international has been in decent form for Genk this season, with eight goals in 18 appearances to his name.

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Mbwana Samatta (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

He is incredibly quick, and would give West Ham a totally different option in the final third.

BBC Sport claims that Samatta has a £10 million release clause inserted into his current contract with Genk.

The striker obviously has no experience of playing in the Premier League. So that could make signing him a risky move for the Hammers.

For the reported fee of just £10 million, however, he might just be worth the punt for West Ham.

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