Watford have reportedly seen another bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong rejected, which is a blow to Xisco Munoz’s hopes of bringing him to Vicarage Road.
The report claims that Watford also offered Andre Gray as part of the deal, but Blackburn are holding out for £25m for their star striker, as Newcastle will claim 40% of the fee due to a sell-on clause.
It is certainly a big risk by the Lancashire club to demand so much for Armstrong, as his contract at Ewood Park is set to expire at the end of the coming season, so he could be available on a free transfer next summer should they fail to tie him down to a new deal.
Whilst Watford have added strikers Emmanuel Dennis and Ashley Fletcher to their squad already this summer, neither have been particularly profilic in their careers thus far, and it seems clear that Munoz wants to add a clinical goalscorer to his side ahead of their opening Premier League game against Aston Villa next month.
Armstrong struggled for regular game-time at Newcastle when he was younger but made a name for himself in an impressive loan spell at Coventry City before joining Blackburn on a permanent basis in 2018 after a loan spell at Ewood Park.
Since then, he has gone on to make 160 appearances for the club, contributing an impressive 64 goals and 19 assists, which included 29 goals in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign.
If he could continue that form with Watford, he could prove to be the difference between them staying up and being relegated back to the Championship, but it seems unlikely that the Hornets would splash as much as £25m on a player with just one year left on his current contract.
Therefore, unless Blackburn drastically rethink their asking price for the “explosive” forward, in Mowbray’s own words, it seems unlikely that Armstrong will be moving to Vicarage Road, which will likely disappoint Watford fans.