Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has accepted that Adam Armstrong could land a Premier League move this summer, stating the club won’t stand in his way if the right offer arrives.
Both ourselves and West Ham have been linked with the former Newcastle United striker who bagged a hat-trick over the weekend to take his tally for the season up to 25.
The Chronicle claim he’d be eager to return to his boyhood club, but it remains to be seen if we are serious about bringing him back. Considering our sell-on clause could get us 40% off Blackburn’s asking price, it could make sense!
Here’s what Mowbray said to the Lancashire Telegraph when asked about a potential move to the Premier League for their star striker:
“Footballers are always in charge of their contractual situation, they sign the deals or they don’t.
“What I would say is that the club are trying their very, very best and trying to ensure that Adam feels wanted and part of what we’re trying to do.
“If Adam feels he wants to do something else then we won’t stop him, but while we’ve got him we’ll keep progressing, developing him and seeing where it goes.
“Adam’s situation is interesting, given how his season has panned out and it’s a wonder what valuation there is on him from other teams.”
With 42 goals and 12 assists in his last two seasons, he has joined ex-Mag Ivan Toney in looking too good for the Championship, with his numbers all the more impressive in an average Blackburn side who currently sit 15th in the second tier.
We’ve seen several Geordies return to Tyneside over the past 18 months – Andy Carroll, Mark Gillespie and Graeme Jones to name a few – so it’ll be interesting to see if we make a move for Armstrong.
Either way, he looks highly likely to be a Premier League player next season.