Southampton are reportedly close to the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong, and he could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this summer.
According to Football Insider, Southampton have had a breakthrough in talks with Blackburn Rovers over a potential deal for the former Newcastle United man, seeing off interest from the likes of Everton, Norwich City and West Ham in order to sign the striker.
The report claims that the 24-year-old will cost around £10m, with the forward keen to swap Ewood Park for St Mary’s this summer, and it is no surprise that the Championship side are keen to cash in on him, given that his contract there is set to expire at the end of next season.
Given that Danny Ings rejected a four-year contract at Southampton earlier this week, the Saints will need to be in the market for a goalscorer this summer as a replacement for the 28-year-old, who will either leave this summer for a fee or next summer for nothing.
Armstrong certainly fits Hasenhuttl’s set-up of being a small pacy striker and his goal record in recent seasons suggests that he deserves a chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.
Last season saw the Englishman contribute an impressive 28 goals and five assists in 40 Championship appearances, averaging a superb 7.15 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray summarised just how dangerous Armstrong can be last season, as he said:
“He’s a boy really, but his explosive pace at the top end of the pitch allows you to play both ways, to not be overly concerned if you’re pinned back around the edge of your box because one pass releases pressure to someone like (Harvey) Elliott to play the pass that he can hit just leaving it in the space for the speed and dynamic movement of Armstrong – it’s a devastating effect for the team.”
Despite injury problems, Ings would finish as Southampton’s top scorer in the top-flight last season with just 12, which suggests that they will need another goalscorer in their side if they want to keep themselves clear of a relegation battle, especially if Ings departs.
Therefore, if the reports are true and Southampton have made a breakthrough in their hopes of signing him, then Hasenhuttl will surely be delighted to have a player of Armstrong’s goalscoring ability potentially on the way to St Mary’s.
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