West Ham United in fear of Newcastle over Armando Broja
West Ham fear Newcastle may beat them to “priority” striker target Armando Broja with higher wages, according to Darren Lewis in The Mirror.
David Moyes wants the £30million-rated Albanian as he looks to finally add another forward to his squad, but the Magpies boss Eddie Howe also likes him.
That is apparently making the Hammers edgy as they know that the side from the North-East “would be able to trump their London rivals with a superior financial package”.
There is also apparently interest from Ajax in the Eredivisie although that is of less concern because the 20-year-old wants to stay in the Premier League.
The Irons have European football working in the favour while Newcastle have none, although it is the third-tier Europa Conference League which is putting the club on edge that a bigger financial offer from the rival bidders could win out.
Sevilla’s Yousef En-Nesyri is put forward as a potential alternative if the Broja chase fails, as the Spanish side are open to a “cut-price” deal after rejecting a £27million bid 18-months ago.
West Ham must be sick of hearing about Newcastle this summer as there barely seems to be a transfer target at the London Stadium that the Saudi-backed side also want in on.
Interest from St James’ Park cropped up in the move for Nayef Aguerd and the permanent signing of Alphonse Areola before they were confirmed in East London, and now they are threatening the Broja chase.
The Chelsea man appears to be becoming a more torturous target by the day as talkSPORT’s Alex Crook has reported that clubs are struggling to even make contact with new Stamford Bridge chief Todd Boehly in order to make bids for his players.
Broja is far from the finished article after one solid loan campaign with Southampton but he has at least shown he can score goals in the Premier League.
En-Nesyri would seem to represent more of a risk after an injury and Covid-affected campaign in La Liga saw his goal output drop from 18 a year earlier to just five.
The 25-year-old looks the easier acquisition at this point but Moyes clearly has eyes for Broja.
If they can overcome Newcastle, and get through to Chelsea, then convince them to sell for a price that isn’t extortionate for a developing player he may end up being worth it.
But one thing that has to be avoided is honing in completely on the top choice and then losing out at the last, as Michail Antonio cannot be the lone striking option for another season.