West Ham United having been scouting Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong extensively, ahead of a potential £8 million summer swoop for the Championship hitman.
Blackburn Rovers are said to be unwilling to sell their star for any less that £10 million.
Hammers boss David Moyes surprised everyone when he decided to Sebastien Haller, their only recognised striker, to Ajax in January and not sign a replacement. Moyes is now left with just the 30-year-old Michail Antonio up front. If the former Reading man suffers any sort of injury, West Ham’s hopes of a top six finish will be very much over.
Adam Armstrong has been in tremendous form this campaign. The striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions and that has caught the eyes of other clubs such as Everton and Fulham as well. However, the Hammers lead the race for his signature as the other clubs just see him as a squad player.
Armstrong started his career with Newcastle United in England’s top-flight but didn’t score a single goal during his time at the Magpies. The youngster signed with Blackburn midway through the 2017/18 season after a series of loan spells. Last season saw him burst into form – he netted 16 Championship goals in 46 outings last time round and has been showing even better numbers in the league this time round with 17 strikes so far.
Armstrong is a dynamic forward who used to take his runs from deep and play on the shoulders of the defenders to make it hard for them during counter attacks. The player has improved a lot under the manager Tony Mowbray who has given the youngster freedom to express himself.
Blackburn are trying everything possible to keep hold of their star man. If they wish to keep him next season it looks like they’ll need Premier League football.
Rovers are currently in 8th-place of the Championship table and have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs.