Newcastle transfer news: Toon face competition from West Ham for Broja
Newcastle transfer news: West Ham enter the race for Armando Broja
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Newcastle transfer news: West Ham enter the race for Armando Broja

Newcastle United face competition from West Ham in the race to sign Armando Broja.

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who report that David Moyes wants to increase his attacking options head of next season.

The Magpies were linked with the Chelsea striker last month. iNews reported that he was being watched by Newcastle, as they continue their search for a new striker.

Eddie Howe needs someone to compete with Callum Wilson, whose injury woes have continued to plague him.

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Newcastle watch Broja as search for a striker continues

Plenty of names have been linked, but Newcastle are yet to land the forward they crave. Of course, it’s still early days in the transfer window.

But with big asking prices for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ivan Toney, Howe may look to a younger talent in Broja.

The Albania international is just 20-years-old, but enjoyed a strong season on loan at Southampton last time out. He scored nine goals in 38 games for the Saints in all competitions, which is a decent return.

It’s probably better than most expected, even if he did tail off towards the end of the campaign. Southampton ended the season in shocking form, which coincided with Broja failing to find the net. His last Premier League goal was on February 9th against Tottenham. He’s since made 13 league appearances without a goal.

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He was even criticised by Ralph Hasenhuttl, who said the striker was ‘not what he was‘ after a defeat to Crystal Palace in April.

Lure of European football may give West Ham an advantage

Despite his poor form, Broja still has huge potential. He impressed at times for Southampton, leading the line well at the age of just 20.

That’s why pundit Gary Neville branded him a ‘really exciting‘ player, and why plenty of teams are keeping an eye on the forward with a view to a summer move.

Thomas Tuchel wants to have a look at Broja in pre-season, but it’s difficult to see how he’ll get game time at Stamford Bridge.

He may have to leave Chelsea once again, which is why Newcastle will be watching closely. However, we may struggle to compete with West Ham.

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While we have lofty ambitions, the Hammers are thriving in the present day. They’ve had two brilliant seasons in a row, and almost ended the 21/22 campaign with a Europa League final.

They didn’t make it, but will be back in Europe next year. Their 7th place finish qualified them for next season’s Europa Conference League.

It isn’t the top competition, but the lure of Europe will likely give West Ham an edge over Newcastle. It would also allow him to remain in London rather than moving his life to the North East.

If West Ham’s interest is serious, Broja could be another target we fail to land.