Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says the club must plan for all eventualities with top scorer Adam Armstrong.
Armstrong scored his sixth goal in his last five matches at Rotherham United on Saturday to take his tally to 26 as interest continues to heat up in the Rovers striker.
Mowbray told the media after Armstrong’s hat-trick against Huddersfield Town that it wasn’t inevitable that the striker departed this summer, despite his form in front of goal – and with his contract due to expire next summer.
West Ham United have a long-standing interest in the striker, with fellow Premier League side Brighton also linked, and while Mowbray doesn’t want to lose his star man, he says Rovers must plan should that be the case.
“In my opinion, it’s best that we keep Adam Armstrong, but if Adam and his advisors decide that it’s time to go, then we have to try and reinvest and make sure that we don’t weaken as a team,” said the Rovers boss.
“We got Adam for less than £2million, which is why I always talk about recruitment and push it so hard.
“We have to make sure that if Adam does depart and we get some money for him, we have to know where that money is going.”
Newcastle United look set to profit from any sale – with a sell-on clause in the deal that brought Armstrong to Ewood Park in 2018.
Only Teemu Pukki and Ivan Toney have scored more Championship goals than Armstrong this season – the striker also found the net 17 times in 2019/20 to be crowned Blackburn’s player of the year.
West Ham boss David Moyes has made clear his plans to strengthen in attack, but has ruled out a £40million move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham owing to the cost of a potential deal leading to suggestions that Armstrong could be seen as a cheaper alternative.