Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has spoken out after West Ham United were linked with his striker Adam Armstrong again.
West Ham were heavily linked with a move for Armstrong in the January transfer window.
David Moyes was on the lookout for a striker, particularly after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax for £20million.
West Ham heavily linked with Armstrong – reports
One of the West Ham manager’s rumoured targets was Blackburn striker Armstrong.
But the Hammers failed to get a new forward signed before last week’s deadline.
And Moyes said he would wait until the summer to ‘get the right player’.
According to a report from The Sun, Moyes is now scouting Armstrong’s performances for Rovers ahead of a potential £8 million summer swoop.
The Sun claims that West Ham could look address their weakness in the centre-forward department with a move for the former Newcastle man who has scored 18 goals in 29 games this season.
Mowbray ‘surprised’ the likes of West Ham did not push harder for his star man in window
Now his manager at Blackburn, Mowbray, has spoken out on the speculation and admitted he is surprised the likes of West Ham did not push harder for Armstrong in January (Lancashire Telegraph).
“Am I surprised? Probably yes,” Mowbray told Lancashire Telegraph when asked about West Ham’s failure to make their interest more concrete before the window closed.
“I’m not disappointed, but am I surprised? I thought the phone might have rung.
“I’ve had a conversation with a couple of Premier League managers but they’ve not been pushy, just enquired.”
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has described Armstrong as a Premier League striker.
And he may well be in the summer if Moyes takes a chance on the 23-year-old.
Hammers missed a trick not getting Armstrong before inevitable bidding war if he stays on track for 30+ goals
He certainly fits Moyes’s recruitment policy at West Ham of identifying young, talented players from the second tier who are hungry to prove themselves in the top flight.
But West Ham are playing a risky game. At his current rate, Armstrong is well on course for 30+ goals in the Championship.
With Brexit and Covid making signing overseas talent more difficult and expensive, those kind of numbers will undoubtedly attract rival clubs and drive Armstrong’s price up.