By George Overhill

30th Jun, 2022 | 5:10pm

West Ham United have still not bid for Chelsea striker Armando Broja amid rival interest

West Ham have not made an offer for Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer, according to Jacob Steinberg in The Guardian.

Sky Sports had reported over a week ago that the Albanian was David Moyes’ “top striker target” and that the club were ready to make a £30million bid for him.

That is apparently not that case, despite there been interest in his services from other clubs and the Hammers boss being “keen” to bring in a new player at the position.

Michail Antonio remains the solo central forward option as he has been since Sebastien Haller left a year and a half ago.

Broja, 20, may be in line for a chance to stake a claim to fill the spot vacated by Romelu Lukaku’s exit back to Internazionale during the pre-season.

According to the Guardian report: “Moyes wants to improve his attacking options and is keen to bring in a striker.

“He has looked at Chelsea’s Armando Broja, but West Ham are yet to make an offer for the 20-year-old.

“Broja, who has interest from elsewhere, could be given a chance to impress Thomas Tuchel in pre-season before Chelsea decide on his future.”

Hesitation

Considering ExWHUEmployee and Claret & Hugh have both reported that the club were in talks with Chelsea over this deal it isn’t looking especially hopeful at this stage.

Todd Boehly is starting to put money on the table for Thomas Tuchel so they may change their stance on potential outgoings.

But if the negotiations have still resulted in the Hammers putting a bid in then things are not close and the Irons can’t wait around.

If Moyes wants him then he will have to hope the competitors in the race to sign him are not more liberal with their money than he is, which in light of the fact that Newcastle are apparently sniffing around [Northern Echo] might be a risky strategy.

It is hard to gauge what sort of value should be placed on Broja after the loan spell he had at Southampton last year that proved he can provide a return in the Premier League.

However, a lot is based on the assumption that he will improve, which he might, but if £30million isn’t enough then it becomes a gamble since £40million and would make his return last season a disappointment if he doesn’t kick on.

Nine goals in 38 appearances – six in 32 in the league – is fine for an up-and-coming striker in his first sustained run in the division but it isn’t enough for a headline signing.

Unless some sort of deal with a substantial amount of the fee tied to performance can’t be reached then it is going to be necessary to source an alternative as a priority.

The club can’t be going into another season without more firepower up front so clinging on in the hope that pre-season preparations at Stamford Bridge make Broja available at the last minute is a big risk.