An update has emerged on Southampton target Adam Armstrong, regarding Blackburn’s stance on his current situation.
According to The Athletic, Blackburn are looking to cash in on Southampton target Adam Armstrong this summer, as he only has one year left on his contract with the club. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are said to be interested in a deal for the forward, who has been compared with current star Danny Ings.
The report claims that Southampton are some way off completing a deal for the Championship attacker. However, there is interest from the south coast club and a move could materialise at some point this window.
Martin Semmens must sanction a deal for the forward if Blackburn are open to cashing in on him. The second-tier side are stuck in a difficult position as he only has 12 months left to run on his current deal and they could risk losing him on a free transfer if they do not sell him before the end of August.
This means that now is the best time for them to receive a fee for his services, which they could then reinvest back into their own squad to attack the Championship next season.
Armstrong could be a terrific addition to Southampton’s squad following his exceptional form for Blackburn in recent seasons. Former Rovers midfielder Richie Smallwood once called Armstrong as a “special” player and admitted that the attacker has the ability in his locker to cause damage to any team in the division. He told the Lancashire Telegraph:
“He’s a special player with the ability to hurt any team in this league.”
This shows that his teammates rate him highly and believe that he is a top-class player. His statistics for Blackburn also back that thought process up, with the £17k-per-week goal machine having scored 44 goals in the past two Championship seasons for Tony Mowbray’s side. In the 2020/21 campaign, Armstrong found the back of the net an astonishing 28 times and was named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for the second tier.
Hasenhuttl only had three players in his squad who managed more than four league goals last season, with James Ward-Prowse, Che Adams and Danny Ings his only regular contributors in front of goal.
This suggests that he is in desperate need of more players who can be a threat at the top end of the pitch, which is why he needs Armstrong at St. Mary’s next season. Hopefully, Semmens could swoop in and get a deal over the line for the ex-Newcastle man to bolster the Austrian’s squad.