Report: Chelsea about to receive bid for their 'outstanding' player, would be one of their top 10 sales ever
Reports suggest West Ham United are preparing to make a move for Chelsea striker Armando Broja.
According to The Athletic, David Moyes is preparing a bid in the region of £30m to continue their early business this summer.
Broja spent last season on loan at Southampton, where he showed glimpses of a dominant Premier League striker.
He scored six goals in a 15 appearance spell in the important Christmas period of the season, helping Southampton just about stay out of any relegation troubles.
His breakthrough season in the top flight drew praise from a number of pundits, with Martin Keown describing him as ‘outstanding’.
Originally, it was claimed the Albanian would be offered a chance to impress Thomas Tuchel in pre-season, with a Romelu Lukaku shaped hole about to form in the striker role.
However, it is now being reported by the Athletic that West Ham are expected to table a bid for the striker “in the near future”.
The rumoured fee of £30m would see the 20-year-old become Chelsea’s 10th biggest sale of all time, matching the fee the Hammers also paid the Blues for Kurt Zouma last year.
Broja showed signs that he could perform and contribute for a Premier League side, and Southampton certainly don’t possess the creativity that the Blues do.
Chelsea were crying out for a clinical goalscorer in the second half of the season, as they slipped further away from Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the league.
While Broja is unproven at the top of the game, his youth mixed with a season of Premier League experience could paint him as a usable option for Tuchel up top, even if he isn’t used as the starting striker for the majority of the season.
With Michail Antonio at West Ham, there are no guarantees the 20-year-old will become a crucial starter at the London Stadium, which has to leave questions over whether a move is in his best interests right now.