Newcastle United could decide to challenge West Ham in the pursuit of Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer, journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed.
The Lowdown: Broja linked to Newcastle
According to an earlier report from Sky Sports, the Hammers were set to offer £30m for the 20-year-old.
Elsewhere, JOE reported Chelsea offered the Albania international to Everton as part of a last-minute bid for Richarlison, which was quickly rejected by the Toffees before the Brazilian sealed a move to Tottenham.
With Newcastle previously linked with a move for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, the Magpies have had to look elsewhere for a new attacking target, with the Daily Mail reporting that Broja has been identified as a solid alternative.
The Last: O’Rourke’s Claim to Broja
O’Rourke has weighed in on Broja’s transfer situation, saying he can see him high on Eddie Howe’s Newcastle wishlist.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, the reporter said: “I’m sure Broja is on Newcastle’s wishlist if they want to bring in a new striker because you don’t get too many good young players who might be available. this summer, and Broja fits that bill.
“I’m sure Newcastle would think that maybe we should come and compete with West Ham for his signature.”
The verdict: solid alternative to Ekitke
With 33 Premier League appearances and six top-flight goals to his name, Broja could prove to be a solid attacking option for the Magpies given his strong presence and aerial threat in the penalty area.
The former Southampton loanee was highly regarded by Saints legend Francis Benali during his tenure at St Mary’s, with the youngster dubbed ‘sensational’ by the 53-year-old since joining Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Should Newcastle sign Broja?
While Ekitike’s ten Ligue 1 goals are impressive at 20, Broja is a proven Premier League striker, making him an ideal target for Newcastle.