Blackburn Rovers have placed a £25 million price tag on former Newcastle forward Adam Armstrong, according to The Sun.
Armstrong has attracted many suitors in the Premier League this season – especially David Moyes’ West Ham after bagging 20 goals in the Championship so far this season.
Blackburn will feel like they need to put a huge price tag on Armstrong – with Newcastle due 40% of all profit made on the 24 year old after inserting a hefty sell-on clause into his contract when he left for Lancashire.
It’s also worth noting that, if we wanted to bring him back to the club, we would be able to get him at a heavily discounted price, with us essentially able to get 40% off.
Armstrong spent his whole youth career at Newcastle and managed to make 17 appearances for the first team without any goals.
It’s no surprise Blackburn asking for that amount of money, after Brentford managed to get £28 million for Ollie Watkins last year – with a similar scoring record to Armstrong.
Bringing another Geordie back to the club may appeal to Bruce and also appeal to Ashley getting him back at a cut price free – with Gayle and Carroll both out contract in the summer.
If Armstrong was sold for around the price Blackburn are asking, it could generate some well needed budget for Newcastle given the lack of money generated by fans through COVID.
£25 million seems an unrealistic asking price, but even a £20 million sale would see us gain around £8 million.
I feel he may be a good option for us if we have the money to spend on him, but Bruce’s recent comments seem to suggest otherwise. Bringing back the pacey forward to play alongside or back-up to Wilson would be a much better option than we currently have.