Everton have been linked with Armando Broja ever since the current transfer window began, and there has been a new update from a reliable source which will give the Toffees the green light that they were seeking to sign the player this summer.
Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that West Ham United have cooled their interest in signing the Albania international this summer.
The Italian journalist tweeted: “West Ham are set to sign Gianluca Scamacca. Full agreement finally in place with Sassuolo. €36m plus €6m add ons, 10% sell on clause.
“Scamacca agreed personal terms, so deal off for Armando Broja as of now.”
It is no secret that Everton are in desperate need of reinforcements in their squad following a disappointing Premier League campaign last season, and they also now have a Richarlison-shaped hole in their attacking armoury which needs to be addressed with urgency.
The 25-year-old was the top scorer for the Toffees last term, so bringing in a forward who can develop a formidable partnership with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and replace the goal contributions lost due to the Brazilian’s exit is essential for Frank Lampard.
The Everton manager is a huge admirer of Broja and even gave the £58m-valued youngster his Premier League debut in March 2020 when he was managing Chelsea, so there is no doubt that the Albanian would be warmly welcomed by the 44-year-old if he made the move to Goodison Park this summer.
During his season-long loan at Southampton, the 20-year-old scored six goals and created two big chances, winning five duels, completing one dribble and taking 1.4 shots per game. He also ranked third for the most aerial duels committed in the opponents’ half of any player in the Premier League over his 32 appearances in 2021/22.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl reserved high praise for Broja following a victory against Brentford last season, saying: “He’s a great threat. He has not had many poor games this season and today he showed again how dangerous he can be for the opponent and he’s very helpful for our game.”
With that in mind, now that West Ham have seemingly cooled their interest on the Chelsea youngster, Farhad Moshiri must take his chance to seal a deal for Broja this summer to ensure that Lampard is not caught short in his attacking options over the 2022/23 campaign.