David Moyes can boast a “devastating effect” at West Ham United by targeting Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong in the January transfer window, following the sale of Sebastien Haller to AFC Ajax.
According to The Telegraph, Armstrong is on a long list of candidates the Hammers are considering as they look to secure attacking reinforcements following Haller’s departure.
The east London outfit are willing to dip back into the Championship to bolster Moyes’ offensive weaponry following the successful adaptation of Jarrod Bowen over the past year, but are yet to open talks with AFC Bournemouth over a renewed approach for Joshua King.
West Ham also have Stade Reims forward Boulaye Dia on their radar and could consider a return for Marko Arnautovic, with Shanghai SIPG potentially open to a loan departure for the Austrian should a Premier League side cover his salary.
The Irons’ interest in Armstrong has also been supported by ExWHUemployee, who understands the claret and blue side are ‘especially keen’ on the 23-year-old as Blackburn may reluctantly cash-in this month with his £17,000-per-week contract set to expire next summer.
Armstrong has been in stellar form at Ewood Park this season, netting 17 goals and providing three assists in all competitions, including 16 in 22 Championship appearances to make him the second-tier’s joint-top scorer with 42% of Rovers’ total haul of 38.
Armstrong’s success in the Championship this term has not been a flash in the pan story, as he netted 16 times last season for the division’s joint-sixth best record with Bowen and Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford.
Armstrong has only served to take his game to another level in the current campaign, so it is no surprise that he is now being linked with a potential move to the Premier League even after scoring just twice in his last eight league appearances.
His performances have earned him a wash of praise from Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray, who would certainly be reluctant to lose his best weapon in the mid-season market if West Ham opt to step forward with an enticing offer.
“Adam does [make a difference], as he has done all season. I think Adam has matured and he’s only 23,” Mowbray said in November, via quotes by FourFourTwo.
“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.”
Armstrong’s dynamism also allows the former England U21 international to play on either wing if the need arises, while helping to record 3.4 shots, 0.9 key passes, 1.2 successful dribbles and win 2.9 duels per Championship game this season, per SofaScore.
He has also been in a position to score well beyond his tally, having missed 12 big chances to date, and boasts a willingness to shoot from distance, something West Ham are not with Moyes’ side averaging the lowest per cent (29%) of efforts taken outside the box in Premier League games this term.