Report: West Ham's players seriously impressed by 'outstanding' Chelsea youngster, Moyes could launch bid
Chelsea youngster Armando Broja has reportedly left a strong impression on West Ham when playing against them this season.
Broja, 20, is an exciting Blues prospect that’s enjoying a season-long loan spell at Premier League rivals Southampton.
According to The Sun, West Ham manager David Moyes could end up launching a bid to sign the centre-forward this summer once he’s returned to Chelsea from his loan.
It is understood the Hammers squad are impressed by the Albania international after playing directly against him for Southampton.
The report does add West Ham would likely need to beat the Saints to his signature, though, as they’re keen to take him back to St Mary’s next year.
It’s been reported this week that Chelsea are yet to make a final decision on Broja’s future, so it’s unclear on where the loanee will be playing his football next season.
Described as “outstanding” by Joe Cole, he’s an exciting young striker that’s made his mark at St Mary’s by scoring nine goals so far this season. He’s an all-action forward with great pace and strength, too.
He would suit West Ham
In fairness, Broja’s exactly the type of player that you could picture being a success at the London Stadium.
He’s a central attacker that’s got plenty of similarities to West Ham frontman Michail Antonio, so they’d be great competition for each other next season.
Broja’s really impressed in performances against West Ham this season, twice in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup, which is why their potential interest is no surprise.
However, many of the Chelsea fanbase would love to see their rising star promoted to the first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.
It’s obvious that the central striker position continues to be a problem for the Blues and headache for manager Thomas Tuchel, but whether Broja is ready to step into that kind of pressure is a big question.