Newcastle United could ‘try’ to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja again this summer, according to reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The lowdown: Wanted man
Broja has become one of the hottest properties in the transfer market, with Southampton, West Ham, Everton and indeed the Magpies all keen on acquiring the frontman’s services.
More recently, Spanish giants, Real Madrid have also been thrown into the mix as potential suitors for the 20-year-old Albania international.
However, despite being left out of the pre-season touring squad by Thomas Tuchel, Broja remains in situ at Stamford Bridge and one well-informed onlooker has shed some further light on the current state of play…
The latest: ‘See if Newcastle will try’
He said: “Let’s see what happens with Armando Broja because Chelsea turned down the proposals from West Ham and they signed Scamacca. But let’s see if Newcastle will try for him.”
Meanwhile, Everton could be set to rekindle their own admiration having lost previous Toon target Dominic Calvert-Lewin to injury.
The verdict: No brainer
Therefore, adding more firepower to Eddie Howe’s ranks seems to be the natural next priority, even ahead of the James Maddison pursuit, for PIF and Dan Ashworth in order to strengthen the St James’ Park squad.
Last season, Broja – who was dubbed as ‘battle-hardened’ by Alan Hutton owing to his combative style – netted nine times and provided one assist in 38 appearances across all competitions whilst on loan at Southampton.
During that time, the 6 foot 2 Albanian outperformed his xG, illustrating his keen eye for goal that has also been evidenced for his nation whilst scoring four times in what remains a fledgeling career at the senior level.
Praise for his ‘incredible pace and strength’ by Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp and under contract until 2026 (Transfermarkt), this would be an expensive venture for Newcastle but one that will have an immediate positive impact on the side as well as standing the club in good stead in the long-term.
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