Report: West Ham head six-team chase of ‘low maintenance’ star, club contact made
West Ham United and Fulham head the six-team chase of Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.
Interest in Armstrong is high entering the transfer window as the Rovers star enters the final year of his contract. The 24-year-old also enjoyed a free-scoring season in the Championship last term to make the PFA Team of the Year.
Armstrong found the back of the net 28 times in 40 league appearances, despite Blackburn finishing the campaign in 15th. Only Ivan Toney scored more often, but the 25-year-old’s 31 goals fired Brentford to promotion via the play-offs.
Blackburn have received multiple enquiries from prospective suitors looking to sound out Armstrong’s availability. However, potential buyers have been put off by Rovers demanding at least £20million for a player who is out of contract next year.
Blackburn must demand a lucrative figure as Newcastle United would be owed 40% due to a sell-on clause. Rovers paid just £1.75m for Armstrong in 2018 when he signed a four-year contract, that the Ewood Park side are working to extend.
But West Ham and Fulham have moved to the front of the queue looking to sign Armstrong this summer after contacting Blackburn. Norwich, Brighton and Southampton are also keen, while Newcastle could explore taking their academy product back to St James’ Park.
Potential buyers are likely to test Rovers’ resolve with lesser offers in the coming months. A new contract is also unlikely at this stage, despite Armstrong’s representatives handling talks with the striker currently on holiday.
TBR’s view: West Ham must win Armstrong race
Armstrong remaining at Blackburn for another season seems questionable with West Ham just one of several Premier League clubs keen. The striker was bound to have widespread top-flight interest given his contract status and the goals scored at Ewood Park.
West Ham must now see that they win the race for Armstrong’s services, to afford David Moyes a capable competitor for Michail Antonio at the London Stadium. The Irons would rue not acquiring the Newcastle product and seeing him thrive elsewhere in the top-flight.
Armstrong achieved such great success in a Blackburn side that struggled for results last season. The aspects his manager praised would also see that he suits what Moyes is attempting to build at West Ham.
“Adam’s another one who’s a real joy to have, a low maintenance footballer who just wants to play, score and win,” Tony Mowbray told Rovers’ club website. “The attributes he possesses are fantastic.”
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