An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Armando Broja in the summer transfer window…
Journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that the Magpies are eyeing up a potential deal to sign the Chelsea centre-forward, who may be available for £25m, ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The English-born Albanian international spent last season on loan at Southampton and Dan Ashworth is now hoping to bring him to St. James’ Park.
He tweeted: “Some NUFC news. Botman announcement imminent following arrival in Newcastle. Ekitike deal is now off. Newcastle frustrated by agent demands. PSG interest in French forward is genuine. Newcastle looking at Broja along with West Ham. Tuchel wants to assess him first in pre-season.”
The Toon head coach would love to have the Blues striker at the club on a permanent deal as he would be an exciting addition to the squad in the short and long term.
In the immediate future, Broja can provide another goalscoring option for Howe to call upon. The Magpies struggled to find consistent scorers last term, with Callum Wilson the only player able to find the back of the net more than five times in the Premier League.
Albania’s assistant manager, Sergio Porrini, was previously full of praise for the attacker, saying: “From last year to this he has grown a lot, and at Southampton, he has exploded.
“His greatest qualities are in progression, especially the ball and chain. (He’s) less good, on the other hand, with his back to the goal, in the construction of the action. But, in the spaces, he is devastating!”
These comments suggest that Broja is still developing and this means that Newcastle would be bringing in a player with the potential to become better. Whilst six goals in the Premier League may not give fans hope that he will be the go-to man up front next term, he is growing and can improve over time and can be someone Howe works with to help him hone his skills.
Hopefully, he can gain more experience in the top flight and develop into a player who is capable of scoring 15-20 goals, given that he has already shown promise at such a young age.
Howe would surely love to have the chance to coach a promising, young, talent like Broja at St. James’ Park and it is now down to Dan Ashworth to get a deal over the line.