West Brom have rejected the chance to sign Mbwana Samatta after the striker was offered to them by Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that Villa tried to palm off their £8.5million flop to their West Midlands rivals, who turned down the offer.
It is understood that Samatta, 27, is now in Turkey to put the final touches on a move to join Fenerbahce on loan.
After joining Villa from Genk in January, Samatta scored just two goals in 16 appearances across all competitions.
Although one of those goals came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City, the Tanzania international has failed to impress the Villa fans and clearly, he does not feature in Dean Smith’s plans for the new season.
It says a lot about Samatta for West Brom to turn down the chance to sign him because they’re desperate for a new striker before the transfer window closes next month.
Since winning promotion, Slaven Bilic has re-signed Callum Robinson from Sheffield United and named him to start up front against Leicester and Everton.
However, although Robinson’s not done a lot wrong, he’s not the prolific striker who’s going to help keep the Baggies in the Premier League.
Samatta’s goalscoring record at Villa also suggests he wouldn’t have been that striker so it was the right decision to reject the offer.
In other West Brom news, Albion are expecting to complete another signing by the end of the week.