It’s official – Adam Armstrong has completed a £15m move to Southampton; and it could be good news for Steve Bruce’s transferbudget.
It’s been widely reported that we put a 40% sell-on clause in the striker’s contract when he joined Blackburn for £1.8m three years ago.
This has now been triggered following his move to St Mary’s, seeing us earn a handy £6m.
Now, this could easily go into Mike Ashley’s back pocket never to be seen again, however it’s expected to hand Steve Bruce’s transfer budget a small boost.
This would be a welcome few million for the NUFC boss, with a £25m deal for Joe Willock ‘blowing his budget’, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.
Although Ashley seems to sanction deals on a case-by-case basis, Bruce has insisted all summer that he’s working on a limited budget, making this late boost from a three-year-old sell-on clause a welcome boost.
Whether it pays for a few expensive loan fees or helps fund another permanent deal, Armstrong’s £15m move to Southampton is good news – even if some feels we should’ve used the clause as discount to bring him back home.
Here’s confirmation of the move, seeing him complete Alan Shearer’s career path in reverse!