Southampton’s hopes of signing Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong this summer have been given a huge boost after the Championship side reportedly lowered their asking price.
According to The Daily Mail, Tony Mowbray’s side will demand just £8m for the former Newcastle United man, with Southampton and Norwich City currently leading the race to sign him.
Previous reports have suggested that he could cost as much as £15m this summer but with the 24-year-old’s contract at Ewood Park set to expire at the end of next season, it seems as if the Lancashire side are keen to cash in rather than potentially losing him for nothing next summer.
The English striker enjoyed a superb campaign in the Championship last season, contributing 28 goals and five assists in 40 appearances in the second tier, averaging an excellent 7.15 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Considering this was more than Che Adams and Danny Ings would manage combined in the Premier League last season, you could definitely argue that Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to add a player of his firepower up front next season if he wants his side to avoid another relegation battle.
The Austrian suggested earlier this year that Southampton would target players under £10m this summer and now that Armstrong’s asking price has seemingly been reduced, there is no excuse for Martin Semmens not to bring him to St Mary’s.
Mowbray was full of praise for Armstrong last season, saying:
“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.”
This certainly marks him out as the sort of striker Hasenhuttl would favour in his 4-2-2-2 system at Southampton next season, so now that he is available at such a cut-price, there seems little reason why he couldn’t end up at St Mary’s this summer.
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