By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2022 | 9:40pm

View: Armando Broja remains an option for West Ham with no Southampton bid

West Ham have received a major boost to their chances of signing Armando Broja after news that he is not due for a permanent Southampton move.

The Guardian had previously reported that the Saints were in talks to sign the on-loan striker on a permanent deal after a strong first half of the season on the south coast.

But today talkSPORT are reporting that is not the case, despite interest from Ralf Hassenhutl for the end of the season, and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is also believed to be a fan.

His manager at St Mary’s recently admitted that a move would have to work out for all parties for it to be successful, saying (via talkSPORT): “In the end we need to make the best decision for the player, when it’s a win, win, win for everybody, then we will find the right decision for the summer.”

But this manager at his European champion parent club recently responded to a question about the Albanian’s future by insisting (via talkSPORT): “He is our player.”

In come the Hammers?

In the last few days ExWHUemployee confirmed that the Hammers were very interested in the 20-year-old but specified Southampton’s position as a big obstacle to David Moyes’ chances of landing the player.

Now one of the presumed elements to those obstacles has been removed with the news that the permanent transfer is not currently being negotiated.

Firstly it does raise the possibility that the Irons could therefore move in with a permanent bid of their own, as Moyes is known to want support in the forward department for Michail Antonio.

The mooted fee of £25million is the same price that was being quoted in the Hammers’ chase for Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz (Express).

While the Chile international is scoring plenty in the Championship there is no proof that he can replicate that in the top flight, so it may be more palatable to spend a big fee on a young international who is currently matching Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane for Premier League goals during what the BBC is calling an “excellent loan spell”.

If this is not possible, the potential for a second temporary move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer could make the London Stadium the perfect destination.

If Chelsea do not see him getting enough game time there, the step up from Southampton, currently in 12th, to West Ham, currently in 5th, would be sensible for his development.

In other West Ham news, BT Sport pundit says the club would be “mad” to let this star man leave.