Moyes targeting Chelsea star

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 20th June 2022

West Ham are seeking to open talks with Chelsea over a potential deal for striker Armando Broja.

The 20-year-old played an instrumental role in Southampton's 3-0 FA Cup defeat of the Hammers back in March, a game in which he won a penalty and scored a late goal for the Saints where he spent the season on loan.

And his performance that evening is thought to have helped lead David Moyes towards launching a bid to sign the Slough-born Albanian international forward, writes Jason Burt.

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The Stamford Bridge club are under new ownership with Roman Abramovic having been forced to sell the club to its new American owners recently, something that has led to a delay in any potential sales by Chelsea.

And that hold-up is thought to be behind West Ham's lack of movement in the transfer market so far, with Moyes keen to do a deal for the youngster before exploring other opportunities in attack.

A Chelsea player since the age of nine, Broja will likely command a fee in excess of £20million given that he has already enjoyed a degree of success in the Premier League where he scored six goals last season for the Saints in 21 starts.

And with West Ham's manager having a transfer budget in excess of £100million at his disposal, that puts him well within Moyes' reach - even though he has already splashed out circa £25million to land Rennes' Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd this week.

With the wheels finally beginning to turn after a slow start in the transfer market, Moyes is also on the hunt for a central midfielder, winger and a left back to complement his existing squad.

More arrivals may follow should the likes of Said Benrahma and Niko Vlasic move on as has been suggested, while Arthur Masuaku is also available at the right price for any interested parties.

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