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'I'm hopeful... it's very close': Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says the club are on the verge of signing forward Mbwana Samatta... but admits he still needs more firepower Aston Villa are closing in on forward Mbwana Samatta, says boss Dean Smith   The manager said he was feeling 'hopeful' on the £8.5million deal from Genk  But he conceded the club are still looking to secure another striker signing Villa lost Wesley to injury and sold Jonathan Kodjia to Qatari side Al-Gharafa 

By Pa Sport Staff

Published: 15:44 GMT, 20 January 2020 | Updated: 15:46 GMT, 20 January 2020

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Aston Villa are set to clinch an £8.5million move for Mbwana Samatta but boss Dean Smith confirmed he still needs another striker.

Smith claims it is now just a matter of 'dotting the i's and crossing the t's' on the deal for Genk's Tanzania international Samatta, who has scored 61 goals in 165 appearances during his four years with the Belgian club.

Although Samatta's transfer has now missed the deadline for Tuesday night's Premier League clash at home to Watford, Smith said of the move for the 27-year-old that 'just some paperwork needs completing'.

Mbwana Samatta is on the brink of becoming a Villa player in an £8.5million move from Genk

Mbwana Samatta is on the brink of becoming a Villa player in an £8.5million move from Genk

Dean Smith said he was 'disappointed' Samatta hadn't arrived in time to play against Watford

Dean Smith said he was 'disappointed' Samatta hadn't arrived in time to play against Watford

He added: 'I'm very hopeful he can become an Aston Villa player soon. It's very close.

'It's disappointing [the deal has not been finalised], we would have wanted him in but, even if he had come

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