West Ham United have been handed a huge boost in their bid to sign Armando Broja this summer.
That’s according to a report by Albanian media outlet Ora News (via The Sun), who claim that, with the centre-forward being heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer, Thomas Tuchel has now decided he will not be taking 20-year-old on the Blues’ pre-season tour of the USA – which kick-offs in mid-July.
The report goes on to state that, should the Albania international indeed be left out of the German manager’s pre-season plans, he will subsequently force a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer – with West Ham, Southampton and Everton all reported to be keen on a £30m deal for the striker.
Considering the abundance of potential Broja quite clearly possesses, in addition to the sheer volume of teams reported to be interested in the signing of the starlet this summer, should Moyes manage to seal a deal for the 20-year-old ahead of both Southampton and Everton, it would undoubtedly represent a huge coup for the 59-year-old Scot.
Indeed, the £19.8m-rated forward first caught the eye during his time spent in the Chelsea academy, bagging 16 goals and providing five assists over 35 appearances for the U18s, netting three goals in 13 fixtures for the U23s and scoring 11 goals and registering three assists over 34 outings during a loan spell at the Blues’ feeder club, Vitesse Arnhem.
Then, last season, the £8.5k-per-week talent took yet another massive step in his development in the professional game, scoring six goals and providing two assists over his 32 Premier League fixtures during a loan spell with Southampton, as well as bagging a further three goals over six outings in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup for the Saints.
As such, with Moyes in rather desperate need of attacking additions ahead of what is sure to be yet another gruelling Premier League and European campaign for West Ham, the player who Marvyn Harrison dubbed “incredible” and Jake Heasman labelled “scary” would very much appear a fantastic addition for the 59-year-old to make to his squad – with the news that the Hammers look to have been given the green light to move for Broja sure to come as a huge boost for Moyes and co.