Leeds United have entered the race to sign Southampton loanee Armando Broja, according to TEAMtalk.
The Lowdown: Broja’s 2021/22
The 20-year-old striker, who Ralph Hasenhuttl labelled as a ‘threat’, has scored seven times for the Saints, with his first Premier League strike actually coming against Marcelo Bielsa’s side in October. Five of his goals have come in the Premier League, in which he has made 10 starts under Hasenhuttl.
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The 6 foot 3 striker is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, with his Stamford Bridge contract running until 2026. His Transfermarkt valuation is now at a career-high £8.1m, and it seems as if he is catching Leeds’ eye late in the January transfer window.
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TEAMtalk shared a story late on Wednesday night regarding Broja. They suggested that Southampton are keen to keep hold of the forward beyond the end of the season, although they have been joined by Leeds, Everton and Wolves.
The Whites reportedly don’t want to be left short in attack with Patrick Bamford sidelined and have been impressed with Broja’s displays at St Mary’s.
The Verdict: Unlikely
Phil Hay recently stated that it will be a quiet end to the transfer window if Leeds can’t bring RB Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson to the club, so a move for Broja looks unlikely.
He could be a player of interest to Victor Orta, and if he is still on the books at Chelsea in the summer, a permanent move could be looked at again to challenge Bamford for a place in the team.
However, it appears as if Orta’s main task in the final days of the January window is to add to Bielsa’s midfield ranks, so we’re not expecting to see the Albania international in a Leeds shirt anytime soon.
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