Noel Whelan has labelled Aston Villa to sell January signing Mbwana Samatta a ‘waste of money’ as he nears a move to Fenerbahce.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Coventry City forward urged Villa to cash in on the Tanzanian forward.
Turkish outlet Takvim reported that Samatta had agreed to join Fenerbache on a season-long loan with an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
The 27-year-old scored on his Premier League debut for Villa in February but failed to find the net in his further 13 top-flight appearances.
Dean Smith has added Bournemouth striker Ollie Watkins to his striker options this window, paying more than £20million for the 24-year-old.
Whelan believes Villa have recognised that they made a mistake in signing Samatta and will “get him out the door as quickly as possible”.
He told Football Insider: “I think it was a waste of money, quite frankly, although they did need a striker.
“Unfortunately they’ve just chosen the wrong one who hasn’t settled in, hasn’t bedded into the way they like to play and he’s not hit the goals.
“You can always tell with a player if it’s going to work out at a football club and I think they’re trying to cash in and get him out the door as quickly as possible.
“They probably realise they made a mistake on that one, they took a chance and it’s not paid off.”
Villa signed Samatta from Belgian side Genk where he scored 43 goals in 102 league games.
He joined the Midlands giants for an £8.5million fee and became the first Tanzanian to play and score in the Premier League.
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