According to an exclusive report from Football League World, Middlesbrough and Cardiff are interested in signing Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.

Samatta has scored 32 goals in all competitions for Genk this season, and is on both Middlesbrough and Cardiff’s wishlists for the upcoming transfer window.

The Tanzanian boasts an impressive goal return since he arrived in Belgium, and is valued at £8.1 million by Transfermarkt.

Cardiff City look the more likely to meet such a price tag given they will receive parachute payments after their recent relegation from the Premier League. But Boro could have money to spend if they are to sell many first team players as reported.

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Middlesbrough were previously linked to Tanzania captain in January, but nothing came to fruition. With Jordan Hugill returning to parent club West Ham United and Martin Braithwaite expected to depart in the summer, the Teessiders will be looking to recruit in forward areas.

They were the lowest scoring team out of the top 16 sides in the Championship last season, and ultimately was one of the reasons that cost them their place in the top six, with Boro missing out on the final day.

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According to the same report, Cardiff had a £13 million bid rejected in January, but are still looking to get Samatta on board for their upcoming Championship campaign.

As reported on The72, Middlesbrough have also been linked with ADO Den Haag winger Sheraldo Becker this week. The summer could be a big one for the North-East side, with plenty of expected ingoings and outgoings throughout the window.


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