Newcastle United are facing a lot of competition from Premier League clubs to sign Armando Broja.
The Chelsea striker is a target for the Magpies, who are looking to land a new forward this summer.
A move for Hugo Ekitike has collapsed, forcing Eddie Howe and co to look elsewhere. And that appears to have led them to Broja.
The 20-year-old appears to be Newcastle’s new top striker target, with a loan deal reportedly being discussed.
That would be an excellent piece of business by Dan Ashworth, but Newcastle face competition for his signature.
Everton enter the race for Broja
West Ham have already been linked with the youngster. It was even claimed that the Hammers were willing to pay £30million.
Southampton reportedly want to re-sign him too, having had him on loan last season. Broja scored nine goals for the Saints, and enjoyed a decent first season in the Premier League.
His form caught the attention of Newcastle, and now Everton are in the mix.
Sky Sports report that the Toffees have approached Chelsea about signing Broja. Frank Lampard is looking for attacking reinforcements after Richarlison left Goodison Park to join Tottenham.
The £60million deal could hinder Newcastle’s attempts to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and now it could hurt their efforts to loan Broja as well.
Competition for Broja intensifies
Whether it’s a loan or permanent deal, Everton desperately need a forward to replace Richarlison. Their need is arguably greater than ours – depending on how long Callum Wilson stays fit for.
Broja would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, and fits the profile of what we’re looking for. He would also get Alan Shearer’s seal of approval, having previously praised the ‘clinical‘ striker.
However, it’s not going to be an easy deal to do. The competition is intense.
West Ham can give him the opportunity to remain in London and play in Europe, while he’s played for Southampton before. Then you’ve got Newcastle and Everton, two sizeable clubs with very different trajectories.
The Magpies are on the up after last season, while no one knows what to expect from Lampard’s side after they narrowly avoided relegation.
So what is Broja’s best option? Newcastle will fancy their chances, but it isn’t going to be easy. Then again, it never is with the Magpies.