Newcastle eye bid for Armando Broja with Eddie Howe’s side set to miss out on Hugo Ekitike – but other clubs have an interest ‘with West Ham enquiring about Chelsea striker this week’
- Newcastle are losing patience with forward Hugo Ekitike after agreeing fee
- He decided against joining Newcastle in January and deal again looks difficult
- Eddie Howe is looking out for other options, with Armando Broja on the list
- Deal would must wait until Chelsea make signings with others also interested
Newcastle are lining up a deal for Chelsea forward Armando Broja within the event that they can not sign Hugo Ekitike.
The Magpies have had their sights set on front man Ekitike, 20, since January, and even agreed a fee with Reims, however the teenager decided to remain in France throughout the winter window.
And with a summer deal also looking difficult, Eddie Howe’s side are eyeing potential alternatives, with discussions for the transfer of Broja seemingly set to begin soon.
Armando Broja burst into life on loan at Southampton throughout the 2021/22 campaign
The forward scored nine goals in 38 games in all competitions for the Saints last 12 months
Hugo Ekitike has stalled on a move to Newcastle on multiple occasion now
Based on the Northern Echo, plans were in place for Ekitike to undergo a medical at St. James Park this week, however the move has once more stalled, leaving Newcastle frustrated.
Howe and Newcastle have not given up hope of signing the France U21 international, but usually are not willing to attend eternally.
Howe has expressed an interest in bringing Broja, 20, north after the Albanian’s breakout season at Southampton last campaign.
He scored nine goals on loan at St. Mary’s within the 2021/22 season, and the forward is not in need of admirers, meaning Newcastle would must fend off other interest in the event that they were to win Broja’s signature.
Eddie Howe (left) has shown interest in signing Broja but David Moyes’ (right) West Ham are also keen
Broja signed a contract extension at Chelsea in the summertime of 2021 before joining the Saints
West Ham asked about Broja this week but any deal for the striker might be delayed as Chelsea look so as to add one other attacking option themselves.
£97million man Romelu Lukaku is about to rejoin Inter Milan on loan, which would go away the Blues in need of options up top.
There may be nevertheless little probability that Broja might be first selection at Chelsea next season, and despite manager Thomas Tuchel’s willingness to present the previous Saints man a probability to impress in pre-season, latest owner Todd Boehly willing to eventually take heed to everlasting or loan offers.
Leeds and Everton are also interested, meaning a bidding war could begin.
Newcastle have also expressed an interest in England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Everton don’t want to sell and, in the event that they do, a big fee might be requested.