By George Overhill

6th May, 2022 | 4:00pm

David Moyes will attempt to sign Armando Broja for West Ham in the summer - report

West Brom boss David Moyes is planning to again attempt to bring on-loan Southampton striker Armando Broja to the club in the summer, The Sun reports.

The Scot reportedly is targeting up to five new signings to strengthen his small squad for next season, with a new centre-forward to support Michail Antonio a priority.

Chelsea’s Broja has impressed for the Saints this season, scoring nine times in all competitions, and is also set to be the target of a permanent move from the south coast club.

The Sun reports: “David Moyes and his players have been impressed by the Albanian ace during his three appearances against them this season.

“No transfers can happen before Chelsea’s ownership crisis is solved but, once resolved, SunSport understands that the Saints could quickly tie up a deal if they are willing to offer Broja similar wages to team-mates Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.

“But the Hammers are set to rival Southampton and could win the tussle with the offer of European football.”

Bare bones

The exit from the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt illustrated how important it is that Moyes brings in capable contributors in the summer.

Broja has proven himself to be one of those during his season at St Mary’s, and at just 20 still has scope to develop further.

The entire situation is complicated by Chelsea’s change of ownership continuing to drag on.

And the Irons will have to make up ground on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team, who have the benefit of this season, and not being a London rival to the European champions.

But currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League, compared to 15th for the Saints, the Hammers can justifiably point to a step up for the young Albanian.

Broja is one of a long list of reported January targets, none of whom arrived during the window, who will have significant opposition in a summer race for their signature, raising the prospect of yet more frustration.

And with big-money men Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner struggling for goals at Stamford Bridge there is nothing to say that their junior teammate won’t have an opportunity back at his parent club.

His first campaign as a Premier League striker has been a success so there is no surprise that he will be in demand come the end of the season.

In other West Ham news, the case has been made for a homegrown youngster to get senior game time.