The Sun’s Alan Nixon reports that West Ham are eyeing up a summer deal to bring ex-Toon youngster Adam Armstrong to the club.
The Blackburn forward is currently second in the Championship scoring charts on 17 goals, behind only fellow ex-Mag Ivan Toney!
David Moyes’ side have had an impressive season but have had to play most of it without a recognised, out-and-out striker – with Antonio being given the central role.
The report suggests he could be sold if the Lancashire club fail to achieve promotion this season, which looks likely given they have been hovering around mid table for most of the campaign.
It’s claimed the Hammers almost made an £8m bid in January, but could now return this summer with an offer in the region of £10m – something that would tempt Blackburn into selling their star man.
Armstrong’s game has evolved over the past 18 months as he is now one of the most prolific forwards in the second tier, just three years after we sold him for a measly £1.5m.
A move back to the Premier League appears inevitable and his future successes could come back to bite Newcastle on the backside in years to come, who have looked relatively goal-shy until a recent uplift in form.
The only positive – we are believed to have a hefty sell-on clause inserted into the deal that saw him swap St James’ Park for Blackburn a few years ago!