Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samatta has joined Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on a loan deal until the end of the season, it has been confirmed on the club’s official Twitter feed.
Fenerbahce also have a deal in place to sign the Tanzanian striker at the end of the current deal on a four-year contract so it is likely Samatta won’t be seen in a Villa kit again.
The 27-year-old only joined Villa in January from Belgian side Genk but has found himself out of the picture due to the emergence of Keinan Davis and the arrival of Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
Samatta made a big initial impact when he scored on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth and also in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in March.
However, those were his only two goals in a Villa shirt and the frontman struggled for form after Project Restart.
The writing was on the wall for his immediate future at Villa Park when he was not named as part of Dean Smith’s squad for Villa’s first Premier League match of the season.
Samatta never quite found the form that persuaded Villa to buy him in the first place from Genk, where the striker scored an impressive 75 goals in 191 appearances.