Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is apparently gearing up for incoming offers for Adam Armstrong this summer – the 24-year-old has been a long-term target for West Ham.
Armstrong scored in the Blackburn Rovers’ 1-1 draw against Rothetham United last weekend. He has scored his 25th league goal in 39 appearances this season, beating his total of 16 from the last league season.
Now, however, it looks like the ex-Newcastle United man will move on. He only has a year left on his contract with Ewood Park and has been linked with many Premier League clubs throughout.
West Ham have been mentioned alongside Armstrong this season, while a return to Newcastle United has been touted, and Brighton has also been mentioned.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray spoke about Armstrong’s situation and explained how keen he was for the money from his potential sale to be used properly:
In my opinion, it’s best to keep Adam Armstrong, but if Adam and his advisers decide it’s time to go, then we need to try to reinvest and make sure we don’t falter as a team.
We got Adam for under £ 2million which is why I always talk about recruiting and push him so hard.
We have to make sure that if Adam leaves and we get money for him, we have to know where that money is going.
West Ham manager David Moyes appears to be restricting his search for a striker to Armstrong. The Hammers were recently linked with a £ 40million move for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham but have apparently been left out of it, leaving Armstrong as the next best option.
Considering his contractual situation in Blackburn, West Ham could perhaps find him for less than the previously quoted price of £ 25million.
It would be a big blow if the Rovers didn’t make as much money from the sale as previously thought, and also if Mowbray didn’t have time to reinvest that capital.
His team have struggled this season and without their star man next time things would only get worse.