Southampton are not likely to secure another transfer deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja.
That’s according to journalist Ryan Taylor who had the following to say about the striker’s situation when speaking to GIVEMESPORT:
“From what I understand, Southampton have accepted that Broja’s moved on now.
“That said, never say never. It was obviously a great move for him because he really put himself in the shop window and started to show what he could do; Hasenhuttl could build around him.
“Obviously, as I mentioned, Southampton need goals. So why not? If a loan move is something that Chelsea grant because, at the moment, from what I understand it’s not going to happen.”
The Saints signed Broja on a season-long loan deal during the previous summer transfer window and with 38 appearances under his belt last season across all competitions, the Albanian racked up nine goals in total. With that in mind, not being able to re-sign him should come as a gutting blow to the manager.
He was incredibly dangerous inside the penalty box, something that was further highlighted by his productivity, with only James Ward-Prowse (51) and Che Adams (49) attempting more shots at goal than the 20-year-old (48).
Since the striker made his return to Stamford Bridge following his loan spell at St. Mary’s, the south coast club have brought in another centre-forward in the shape of Sekou Mara from Bordeaux.
Even with this signing, Hasenhuttl has spoken about how he wants to see another striker brought in before the window closes.
That’s precisely why this will come as a blow to the boss. His goals won’t just be a miss to Southampton, but Hasenhuttl knows the Chelsea figure can do a productive job for the team. Crucially, he already knows the Austrian’s tactics and the surroundings at St Mary’s so would have been the perfect addition to their forward line this summer.
With the Broja ship now looking to have left the harbour and set sail, the best thing Southampton could do is to focus on other potential striker targets that they can bring in before deadline day. It’s time to move on from the Albanian for good.