By Dean White

22nd Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Armando Broja is 'top target' at West Ham United amid 'huge' transfer development

West Ham United have been handed a “huge” boost in their bid to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer, according to the Irish Sun.

The newspaper reported via their website on Tuesday (21 June) that Southampton will not try to sign the 20-year-old even though he performed well on loan at St Mary’s in the 2021/22 season.

It is understood that Southampton’s stance plays into the hands of West Ham, who have made the Albania international their “top target” for the rest of the summer transfer window.

The Irish Sun adds that West Ham are set to make a bid worth around £30million for Broja as David Moyes “would love Broja to lead West Ham’s charge in next term’s Europa Conference League”

Exciting

While we’re sceptical about a report from the Irish Sun, it’s very much an exciting report that has emerged from across the Irish Sea.

Broja played well on loan at Southampton last season, scoring nine goals in 38 appearances across all competitions for the south coast club.

We’re not surprised to see them shift their attention away from signing the Albanian because it seems as though Chelsea want a big price for the promising, Slough-born Albania international.

West Ham have been crying out for a new striker for a long time and it seems as though Moyes wants Broja to spearhead his attack next season, at least in Europe.

It’ll be interesting to see a young, fast and powerful striker competing with Michail Antonio for a spot in Moyes’ starting line-up but we did see last season that Antonio only has so much in the tank and he is prone to dry spells in front of goal.

If West Ham go over £30million for Broja, we would be concerned about them over-paying for a striker who’s only had one full season in senior English football.

However, we need a striker and we’d be more than happy with Broja joining up with the Irons for the 2022/23 campaign and onwards.

Let’s hope this bid does go in soon.