According to a report by the Lancashire Telegraph, West Ham United have made an enquiry for Blackburn Rovers talisman Adam Armstrong – pushing their name to the ‘front of the queue’ alongside Fulham.
The Lowdown: West Ham in striker chase…
As reported by Claret & Hugh, the Irons have three priority positions for this summer in securing a permanent deal for Jesse Lingard, acquiring a new centre-back and landing a prolific striker.
Michail Antonio was in and out of the team over 2020/2021 due to injury problems, so West Ham are now eyeing a new forward as they aim to impress in Europe next season.
This will be a key summer transfer window for the Hammers who arguably need more strength in depth to compete over 2021/2022.
The Latest: West Ham enquiry made…
As per the Lancashire Telegraph, West Ham have made an enquiry for Armstrong and have subsequently leaped ahead in the race for his signature.
Their main transfer contenders, Fulham, have also lodged an enquiry and are right up there with them.
Armstrong appears unlikely to sign a new deal at Ewood Park and he enjoyed another prolific goalscoring season over 20/21 – bagging 29 strikes in all competitions with 28 in the Championship (Transfermarkt).
However, there is apparently a ‘stand-off’ between the 24-year-old’s suitors, including West Ham, with clubs involved said to be put off by his £20 million asking price.
The Verdict: Shortlist…
His numbers in front of goal point to a fruitful striking option for West Ham this summer but £20m may be a bit steep in this difficult financial climate for a second tier forward.
The Hammers have also been linked to alternative options like Youssef En-Nesyri and Tammy Abraham (ExWHUemployee) and they both could offer more value for money given their experience at the top level.
However, we shouldn’t rule Armstrong out as a candidate completely – especially considering he has been tipped before as a potentially ‘perfect signing’ (Gabriel Agbonlahor, Football Insider).
A long summer awaits and West Ham must consider all options carefully.
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