Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Adam Armstrong, according to The Express.
The former Toon academy product has been in electric form since leaving Tyneside in 2018 and netted an impressive 29 goals across 2020/21 – making him the Championship’s second top scorer behind fellow ex-Mag in Ivan Toney.
Armstrong – who won the U20 World Cup with England – has attracted interest from Southampton and West Ham for his heroics at Ewood Park, with Tony Mowbray admitting recently that he won’t stand in the players way if Premier League interest arrives; and it has!
The Saints are said to be showing serious interest and preparing a £15m bid, however Tony Banks’ ‘exclusive’ for The Express reports that we have an ‘advantage’ over the South-coast side and two aces up our sleeves ahead of potential negotiations.
One is the fact we inserted a 40% sell-on clause when letting him go for just £1.5million three years ago – giving us the opportunity to re-sign him for almost half-price – and the other being that the 24-year-old is believed to be keen on a return home to his boyhood club.
Considering the sell-on clause and Blackburn’s alleged £20m asking price, we could end up getting him back for just £12m – although some believe Rovers will end up cashing in if an offer of around £15m arrived (meaning he could cost us as little as £9m!)
No matter where he ends up, we could be set to cop a hefty return which will add to Bruce’s limited transfer budget over the coming months. Who knows, we may even engage in a ‘bidding war’ just to get his price up!
With Callum Wilson our only reliable option up front, Armstrong could provide efficient cover and possibly even crack the first-team if Steve Bruce decides to take a punt on our former youngster.