West Ham make Armando Broja a ‘top target’, but staggering price tag could prevent deal

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Southampton's Armando Broja battles with Newcastle United's Matt Targett during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Credit: PA Images
Southampton's Armando Broja battles with Newcastle United's Matt Targett during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton Credit: PA Images

West Ham have reportedly made Chelsea striker Armando Broja a top target as David Moyes looks to bolster his attack this summer.

Broja was a regular starter on loan at Southampton during the 2021/22 campaign. The 20-year-old bagged six goals from 32 Premier League appearances, and will now be returning to his home club of Chelsea. However, West Ham are believed to be looking to make this return a short one, as they want to bring him into the London Stadium.

According to Football Insider, West Ham have now registered their interest in Broja as they look for a centre-forward.

West ham are desperately looking to recruit a new striker once the window is open. As a result, the club have named a number of potential targets in their summer wishlist.

The report states that among the potential signings, Broja remains a top target. Nevertheless, the Hammers will face stiff competition for his signature.

Newcastle united and Southampton are also said to be monitoring his situation. Italian outfit Napoli are also fans of the young striker.

That being said, all interested clubs may be put off by his reported price tag.

TuttoMercatoWeb suggested in March that Chelsea had valued Broja at £57.8m. While Moyes is a big admirer of the Albanian forward, West Ham will not humour paying near this amount.

This means that the club must either look into a loan deal, or find a new target altogether.

Armando Broja yet to prove himself 

Matt Targett Armando Broja Newcastle.Southampton 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: PA Images
Matt Targett Armando Broja Newcastle.Southampton 2022 TEAMtalk1 Credit: PA Images

This valuation did reportedly come from Chelsea back in March. Since then, Broja has gone ten Premier League games without a goal.

The youngster spent the previous season on loan with Vitesse in the Eredivisie. In that spell, Broja managed 12 goal contributions from 30 league games.

Broja has also earned seven caps for the Albanian international team, scoring three and assisting two in those games.

Nevertheless, his reported £57.8m price tag is certainly excessive given his poor run of form at the end of the season.

It’s understandable why Chelsea would value him so highly, given his age and clear eye for goal.

But if a club was to match their valuation with an offer, it would undoubtedly be a great risk.

With experience clearly needed, a loan move to somewhere offering first-team football would be ideal for Broja.

West Ham desperately need cover and someone to compete with Michail Antonio up front. And having qualified for the Europa Conference League, there would be plenty of opportunity for Broja to be used as a back-up.

In that sense, the deal makes sense. However, at this stage it is unclear whether Chelsea are looking to loan him out, or if Thomas Tuchel has other plans for his young prodigy.

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