West Ham set to bid £30million for Chelsea striker Armando Broja
West Ham are set to bid a fee within the region of £30million for Chelsea youngster Armando Broja, according to a report by Sky Sports on 21 June.
David Moyes is in the market for a centre-forward after 32-year-old Michail Antonio held down the position by himself in 2021/22.
The Scot has identified the 20-year-old as a “top striker target” after his impressive spell on loan with Southampton.
Whilst on loan on the south coast, the Albania international netted nine times which has seen the Saints also express their interest in signing him on a permanent basis.
There is an element of confusion surrounding the move after Todd Boehly’s consortium following Roman Abramovic’s forced departure amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Boehly and Blues manager Thomas Tuchel are expected to make the final decision with mainstay chairman Bruce Buck stepping down.
This would be the perfect signing for the Hammers given what they need ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Antonio was left to his own devices all season long up front with absolutely nobody to come in and support the Jamaica international.
As expected, his form was majorly affected by that and that – along with injuries to key players amid an already thin squad – led to the Irons missing out on achieving their targets.
Broja is the perfect age to come in and learn from Antonio whilst he finds his feet at the club.
Aged 20, he is unlikely to walk straight into the first team and he will undoubtedly understand that he has to be patient and earn his chance.
That is good news for Moyes who will want to work with the player before throwing him in at the deep end.
Once Antonio moves on which most likely won’t be long, the Chelsea forward will be ready to replace the Jamaican – if his immense quality hasn’t done that for him already.
In other West Ham news, the case has been made for a homegrown youngster to get senior game time.