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'Significant step' for Chelsea is great news for West Ham hopes of deal to sign Armando Broja

A ‘significant step’ for Chelsea overnight is great news for West Ham United’s hopes of deal to sign Armando Broja.

West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Chelsea striker and academy product Broja.

Earlier this year insiders at The Chelsea Chronicle told Hammers News that there was a ‘strong possibility’ the Blues would sell Broja to West Ham this summer.

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West Ham simply must sign at least one quality striker this summer after their over-reliance on Michail Antonio was exposed.

David Moyes and West Ham’s players were said to be seriously impressed by Broja when he played for Southampton against the Hammers this season (The Evening Standard).

This week a report from The Sun claimed the Hammers want to sign Broja but that no transfer could happen until the Chelsea ownership crisis is solved.

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The powerful centre-forward is really highly rated at Stamford Bridge but it seems Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel could be prepared to sell him for the right price.

The 20-year-old Blues hitman would be the perfect signing for the Hammers and would tick all the boxes for Moyes’s recruitment policy.

But Chelsea are unable to complete any transfer deals, in or out, until their much-publicised ownership situation is resolved.

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Recent speculation suggested that a Chelsea takeover was in jeopardy due to a reported U-turn from Roman Abramovich.

However, there was a ‘significant step’ for Chelsea last night which is great news for West Ham’s hopes of a deal to sign Broja.

Because according to a host of sources, including Sky Sports, the Todd Boehly consortium – once linked with a potential takeover of West Ham – has signed an agreement to take over from Abramovich.

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The proposed deal has to be approved by the UK government and the Premier League before it can be completed.

But The Telegraph’s Chelsea reporter Matt Law has described it as the ‘most significant step of the process so far’.

Chelsea had until May 31 to find a new bidder as the UK government’s licence for the club to operate ran out on that date.

The Premier League is meeting on June 8 to constitute the new season, by which time Chelsea would need to have a licence to be part of the next campaign.

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Significantly that comes two days before the summer transfer window opens on June 10 – by which time West Ham will hope all is in order at Chelsea so they can make a move for Broja.

Getting a deal done for the Slough-born Albania international would be a real statement of intent from West Ham.

Broja is three years younger than West Ham talisman Declan Rice but the pair were in Chelsea’s academy at the same time.

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