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Newcastle transfer news: Toon cool interest in Chelsea's Armando Broja

Newcastle United have shown interest in signing Armando Broja from Chelsea, but it looks he won’t be heading to Tyneside.

The forward is being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and West Ham seemed set to secure his signature. He had reportedly agreed personal terms with the Hammers, but they have since moved for Gianluca Scamacca.

It opened the door for Newcastle, who have been struggling all summer to sign a striker. Eddie Howe was given a fresh chance to land Broja, but now that doesn’t appear to be happening.

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Newcastle change Broja stance

According to the Telegraph, the Magpies have cooled their interest in the 20-year-old. This comes after hearing the player’s demands.

The report adds that Broja wants to be guaranteed first-team football. That’s understandable, and is the main reason he wants to leave Chelsea. He doesn’t want to sit on their bench. He played a lot for Southampton last season, and wants to continue being a Premier League regular.

However, Newcastle seemingly can’t offer him that. The Telegraph state he would be used as backup for Callum Wilson at St James’ Park.

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Toon take interest elsewhere

This leaves Newcastle in a difficult situation. Given Wilson’s injury record, it would be a real risk to go into the new season with just him and Chris Wood as our strikers.

But Dan Ashworth is struggling to land a forward. In fairness, it’s a difficult sell. It’s very clear that Wilson is the first choice, and Howe has given no indication that he’s going to switch to two up top.

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Whoever Newcastle go for will know that they are only going to be a backup option. For Broja, why leave Chelsea where he’s a backup to fulfil the same role in the North East. Sure, he would play more than at Stamford Bridge, but there are likely better options out there for him.

It’s a shame, as getting Broja on loan felt like a good fit. He’s a young and hungry forward who is ‘very exciting‘ according to Gary Neville. And he showed exactly what he’s capable of last season. On top of that, it would have allowed us to spend more money elsewhere.

Instead, it’s back to the drawing board.

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