Southampton ‘ready to compete for Armando Broja’s signature’ with the loaned Chelsea striker ‘grabbing interest from elsewhere’ amid his impressive form under Ralph Hasenhuttl…
- Armando Broja has scored five goals in 15 league games on loan at Southampton
- Saints are now looking to sign the Chelsea youngster
- But reports suggest they could face competition from other interested parties
- Chelsea are also considering whether Broja has a long-term future with them
Southampton are reportedly hoping to take Armando Broja from Chelsea permanently, but they could face competition from other interested parties.
Broja, 20, has scored five goals in 15 Premier League outings since being loaned out to Saints last summer and is currently enjoying a run of three goals in five games.
According to air sportsRalph Hasenhuttl and co are aware that the Albanian striker’s impressive recent form has sparked interest from elsewhere, but they are willing to compete with other clubs to sign him on a permanent basis.
Southampton reportedly hoping to sign Armando Broja from Chelsea for good
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea are even willing to listen to offers for their academy graduates as the European champions would weigh his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel has no credible backup option up front for £97.5million star Romelu Lukaku, and Broja could be the perfect candidate to return and take on that role.
The youngster came to Chelsea at the age of seven and made his senior debut for the club just over a decade later, having worked his way through the ranks of the academy.
But Ralph Hasenhuttl and co could face competition for Broja’s signature from elsewhere
Chelsea are also considering whether the Albanian striker has a future at Stamford Bridge
He only put in writing a new five-year deal last July, meaning Blues officials could impose a significant transfer fee if they decide to cash in on him.
A number of teams have already inquired about their asking price for Broja, who scored 11 goals in 34 matches on loan in the Netherlands at Vitesse last season.
Several Premier League clubs are in need of a new striker in the January transfer window, including Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Leeds.
Southampton, who have given Broja his first taste of top-flight football this season, could find themselves in a bidding war for the attacker if Chelsea get an offer this month.