According to journalist Paul Brown – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – the Hammers are said to be one of the clubs who are “waiting” to see if the Albania international could become available before deadline day, with there still lingering hope that a deal can be struck for the 20-year-old.
The transfer insider stated: “I’m pretty certain that West Ham, Everton, Southampton, probably some others, are all still waiting to see what happens with Broja.
“There is a little window there, a crack open, for those clubs, and I think they suspect that he might still push to leave before the transfer window shuts.”
The east Londoners are believed to have had a bid of around £30m rejected for the 14-cap menace back in July, with the player having since been integrated into Thomas Tuchel’s first-team plans at Stamford Bridge – making two late cameos off the bench so far this term.
While it has become something of a saga regarding West Ham’s interest in Broja, manager David Moyes would no doubt be delighted if his side could pull off yet another impressive piece of business to bring the highly-rated talent to the club.
The “devastating” marksman – as dubbed by national team assistant coach Sergio Porrini – caught the eye on loan at Southampton last term, scoring nine goals in all competitions during his stint at St Mary’s.
The £19.8m-rated ace – who previously netted 11 goals during a spell on loan at Vitesse Arnhem – impressed with his impressive strength and finishing prowess, with the 6 foot 3 “superstar“, as described by journalist Dan Sheldon, proving himself a real handful for defences across the division.
His arrival at the London Stadium could well see the formation of a hugely mouthwatering attacking partnership alongside summer signing, Gianluca Scamacca, with the 6 foot 5 titan also offering a real imposing, physical presence in attack.
Equally, much like Broja, the Italy international has also proven himself a lethal asset in front of goal, having scored 16 goals in Serie A last term, after netting 12 goals in just 29 games in all competitions the year prior while on loan at Genoa.
While he has been eased into life in the Premier League, the 23-year-old has already showcased his talent in a Hammers shirt on the European stage, scoring in both legs of the club’s Europa Conference League playoff triumph over Viborg FF.
With Moyes having deployed a 3-5-2 formation in Sunday’s much-needed victory over Aston Villa, there is the potential to partner the former Sassuolo man alongside Broja in attack this season, forging what could well be a ‘devastating’ attacking duo.