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West Ham chasing Armando Broja move

West Ham United must finally seal a move for Chelsea centre-forward Armando Broja this summer with the player holding talks with the Blues over his next career move.

What’s the story?

According to The Daily Mail, Broja is set to hold talks with Chelsea over his future amid interest from West Ham and Everton.

The report states that both clubs have made contact over his availability and want to sign him permanently after he impressed on loan at Southampton last season.

The £30m-rated striker has also been linked to Newcastle United but the Hammers can offer European football and the player also wouldn’t need to relocate.

A move may hinge on Chelsea’s ability to recruit a replacement, and the imminent arrival of Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge could be a good sign.

He’s better than Antonio

The player he would be competing with to start up front at the London Stadium is Michail Antonio. He made 36 Premier League appearances for West Ham last season and was directly involved in 18 goals so would be hard to displace.

However, Broja who is just 20-years-old, could be a better option for West Ham in the long term, and with the service he would be receiving from their midfielders he’d surely be an upgrade.

Should West Ham sign Broja?

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Yes

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The Hammers created 30 more big chances than Southampton last season which shows they are much better creatively.

Antonio turned 32 in March, and although he’s been very consistent for the east London side he won’t be performing to the same levels in years to come.

If you compare their statistics then Broja also excels in several categories. The Albanian has a higher shots on target percentage at 40% compared to Antonio’s 33%.

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He also impresses more with the ball at his feet having a higher dribble success percentage than the West Ham striker, and former pro Sergio Porrini has dubbed him “devastating”.

Ultimately securing his signature would be a great investment and a signal of intent that the Irons can offer better opportunities for youngsters who struggle for game time at bigger clubs.

It wouldn’t bring an end to Antonio’s time at the club but would allow them to rely less on him and start thinking about the future.

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