Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Armando Broja this summer, but a loan deal might be difficult.
According to Sky Sports, the Magpies have discussed a temporary move for the 20-year-old. He appears to be Newcastle’s main striker target after a deal for Hugo Ekitike collapsed.
Eddie Howe’s side have now moved on to Broja, but face competition from the likes of Everton and West Ham.
The Albania international is reportedly open to a move to St James’ Park, but Newcastle might have to break the bank to land him.
Another loan move away from Chelsea doesn’t appeal to Armando Broja
According to the Athletic, Broja is not interested in another loan move. He either wants a chance at Chelsea or a permanent transfer.
The youngster has already had two temporary clubs during his time at Chelsea. He made his Blues debut off the bench in 2020 when Frank Lampard was manager, then was loaned out to Vitesse months later.
He scored 11 goals in 34 appearances for the Dutch side, then spent last season at Southampton. He wasn’t quite as prolific on the south coast, bagging nine goals in 38 outings. However, he did show enough to suggest he has a bright future as a Premier League striker.
That’s why Newcastle, and many others, are keen to sign him this summer. However, a loan exit from Chelsea does not appeal.
Newcastle might need to fork out for Broja
If he’s not interested in a loan move then Newcastle might need to find some cash. It was previously reported that West Ham are willing to pay £30million for him, while the Northern Echo believe he is valued between £20million and £25million.
The Magpies can certainly afford Broja, but a permanent deal might hinder our ability to land other key targets.
Eddie Howe is also looking to sign a right winger, with Moussa Diaby heavily linked. If we were to land Broja on loan, it would give us more money to spend on the Frenchman.
However, Newcastle might have to go back to the drawing board if Chelsea’s academy product doesn’t want to join us on loan.
This is a difficult situation. Sign Broja permanently and we can kiss goodbye to Diaby. But that deal won’t be easy anyway, and still feels like a longshot. We do have alternative options such as Noni Madueke and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
One avenue Newcastle could go down is a loan with an obligation to buy. It would allow the Magpies to hold off payment until next year, and give Broja the security that he will have a new permanent home.
This is certainly one to watch in the coming weeks.