By Andrew Maddox

11th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

West Ham United line up backup striker target if Armando Broja deal falls through

West Ham United are eyeing up a move for Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz if a deal for Armando Broja falls through, according to Football League World.

Brereton Diaz was linked with The Hammers earlier in the summer, with The Sun reporting back in May that they were leading the race for his signature.

David Moyes chose to pursue a deal for Broja instead, but Football League World are reporting that Blackburn are growing concerned that they may go back in for Brereton Diaz if talks with Chelsea fall through.

The report states that Brereton Diaz “is on West Ham’s radar”, but Broja is still their primary target at striker.

Rovers chose to trigger a one-year extension clause in Brereton Diaz’s contract to avoid losing him for free this summer, but they have no option to extend again.

Broja or Brereton Diaz?

After Broja’s breakthrough season on loan at Southampton last term, it is no surprise to see West Ham target him.

However, Brereton Diaz had a phenomenal season of his own in Lancashire, scoring 22 goals in 37 league matches during Blackburn’s unsuccessful playoff bid.

Broja racked up nine goals across his 38 games in all competitions for Southampton, six of which came in the Premier League.

While that may not sound too impressive, two things must be taken into consideration.

Firstly, his only Premier League experience before last season was four minutes against Everton back in March 2020 and secondly, Brereton Diaz has never kicked a top-flight ball in his career.

Despite being three years younger than the Chilean, Broja has had two seasons playing first division football, with his first coming in a loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem during the 2020/21 season.

While he is considerably more expensive than Brereton Diaz, Broja brings proven top-flight quality and should be a safer bet than the Chilean.