Everton are reportedly interested in signing KRC Genk striker Mbwana Samatta and are keeping a close eye on his situation, according to the HITC website.

Other Premier League clubs – including Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and West Ham United – are also rumoured to be interested in the player, who is on a prolific goalscoring run at the moment.

Everton could be on the lookout for reinforcements upfront with Oumar Niasse anticipated to leave Goodison Park in January.

The Tanzania international moved to the Belgian club from Congolese club TP Mazembe in January 2016 having begun his career with Simba SC in his home country.

This season, Samatta has scored seven goals in nine league appearances for Genk as well as netting seven times in Europe including a hat-trick in the Europa League first qualifying round against Brondby.

He also bagged three goals against Zulte Waregem in the league last weekend and his fine form has clearly been noticed by others on the continent, including Marco Silva’s scouting team.

However, he may face competition from other clubs if he does decide to move for Samatta, who has scored 16 goals in 44 international appearances.

Since selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Everton have lacked a clinical goalscoring presence upfront.

Niasse is poised to leave, Cenk Tosun is yet to match expectations and the only players to have scored more than once this season for the Toffees are attacking midfielders or wingers Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Theo Walcott.

Samatta’s contract expires at the end of next season, so Genk may well be prepared to cash in on a transfer rather than risk him leaving for nothing in 2020.

The 25-year-old can also play as a winger or second striker and if he could translate his good form into the Premier League – something a number of players haven’t managed to do for the Toffees – he could be a welcome addition to Silva’s squad.


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