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Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta on brink of signing for Fenerbahce

Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta is on the brink of signing for Fenerbahce.

The Daily Mail says 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.

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.

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