West Ham United to make £30m Armando Broja bid despite confusion at Chelsea
West Ham are set to bid around £30million for Armando Broja despite confusion over the future of officials at Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.
The 20-year-old has been identified as the Hammers’ “top striker target” during the summer transfer window.
Broja, an Albanian international, scored nine times while on loan at Southampton in the 2021/22 season, and the Saints are also interested in signing him.
Who will be in charge of making a decision on the sale at Stamford Bridge is currently unclear as major changes are under way after Todd Boehly’s consortium bought the club from Roman Abramovich, with long-time chairman Bruce Buck stepping down.
The Sky Sports report says: “[West Ham] want to intensify their pursuit of the Albania international despite doubts over the future of Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
“Should she leave the club then the decision over Broja’s future is expected to be made by new owner Todd Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel.”
Having secured their top defensive target in the form of Nayef Aguerd from Rennes after a drawn-out process, the Irons appear to have moved onto addressing their attacking needs at a quicker pace.
David Moyes has been targeting a striker all year, and apparently came close to landing recent Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez in January.
Broja has done well so far in his senior career, adapting to the Premier League well at St Mary’s after a loan spell in the Netherlands.
He appears to be poised to develop into a formidable striker if he continues to advance in the same vein, making him potentially a very sensible target to be brought to the London Stadium.
The fact that the hierarchy at Chelsea is in a state of flux could work in Moyes’ favour, as Tuchel won’t have had much chance to see Broja up close in his 18-months at the club, and Boehly will know even less having only just arrived.
With the Blues’ central striking role also not properly filled after Timo Werner’s and Romelu Lukaku’s struggles it is somewhat surprising they would let the youngster go, but their loss could be a West Ham gain if all goes to plan.