An update has emerged on West Ham target Adam Armstrong, regarding Southampton’s interest in his services.
According to the Lancashire Post, Southampton have had an offer rejected for West Ham transfer target Adam Armstrong. The Saints are the first Premier League side to firm up their interest with a bid, but Blackburn have deemed it unacceptable as they hold out for £20m.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this summer that Norwich, Southampton and the Hammers are all keen on signing the attacker, who has 12 months left to run on his current deal at Ewood Park.
David Moyes must act swiftly to secure a deal for Armstrong this summer. Southampton are showing that they are serious about a move for the forward by submitting an official offer for his services.
This means that they look to be ahead of the Hammers in the race as they have already been able to make a concrete bid and make their interest known to Blackburn, whereas West Ham appear to be just eyeing him, as it stands.
However, this update should spark Moyes into action. The Scot should realise that Southampton will be able to snap him up unopposed unless West Ham react quickly and make an offer of their own.
They should be looking to do this as he could be a superb addition to the squad as he could compete with the likes of Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio for a spot in the side.
During the 2020/21 campaign, Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray lavished praise on the “explosive” forward, pointing out his maturity in spite of his age and his pace at the top end of the pitch.
“Adam does (make a difference) as he has done all season. I think Adam has matured and he’s only 23.
“He’s a boy really, but 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 has the mentality and pace to be effective at Premier League level. His record in the second tier for Blackburn is phenomenal, with 28 goals last season and 16 the year before. This suggests that he could also have the finishing ability to make the step up.
West Ham should look to sign Armstrong, as fans would love watching him play at the London Stadium.
As Mowbray explained, he is explosive and able to utilise his speed to create chances for himself by running in behind. This could get supporters excited as he could be able to provide entertainment with his direct style of play and his phenomenal goalscoring ability.