The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly now ‘confident’ of signing Armando Broja for Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: ‘Active interest’
It has been reported that the St James’ Park club have an ‘active interest‘ in the 20-year-old, but they are waiting to see if Chelsea would be willing to let him go this summer.
The Latest: Newcastle ‘confident’
Taking to Twitter, Scott Wilson has revealed that Newcastle are now ‘confident’ of beating the Hammers to Broja’s signature, but Thomas Tuchel has not decided whether the youngster will join up with Chelsea for their pre-season tour of the United States.
The Magpies journalist tweeted: “#NUFC confident of being able to beat West Ham for Armando Broja – but waiting for Chelsea to make a decision on striker. Broja returns to training at Chelsea this week – with Tuchel then deciding whether he’ll go to US for tour…”
Expanding in his latest piece for The Northern Echo, Wilson added that it remains to be seen whether it would be another loan deal for Broja or a permanent move, as he would cost in the region of £20m-£25m.
The Verdict: Get it done
With West Ham seemingly breathing down Newcastle’s necks, signing Broja is a deal that the Tynesiders needs to get done as soon as possible.
Should Newcastle sign Broja?
Hailed as a “dangerous” player by Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, and with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp commending his “incredible pace and strength“, the 6 foot 3 colossus has already shown how much of a handful he is for defenders, scoring nine goals in a Southampton shirt last term.
Also, he is still only 20 years of age, so he has plenty of time to develop into an elite striker at Premier League level.
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