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West Ham's Premier League rivals Southampton steal in to secure deal for David Moyes target Adam Armstrong
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West Ham's Premier League rivals Southampton steal in to secure deal for David Moyes target Adam Armstrong

West Ham United’s Premier League rivals Southampton have swooped to agree a deal with Blackburn Rovers for longstanding David Moyes target Adam Armstrong.

According to the likes of Sky Sports, Southampton have agreed a fee with Armstrong, who has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham since the club sold Sebastien Haller in January.

It appears the Saints are using around £17m of the £25m they received from Aston Villa for another reported Hammers target – Danny Ings – in their move for Armstrong, who scored 29 goals for Rovers last season.

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Saints have permission to speak to reported Hammers target Armstrong

“The 24-year-old has now been given permission to speak to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with personal terms not expected to be an issue,” Sky Sports reports.

Back at the start of July Hammers News reported that Southampton were confident of beating West Ham to the signing of Armstrong.

And that looks set to be the case.

West Ham could of course still enter the bidding and would likely be able to offer Armstrong better terms than Southampton.

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But given the departure of Ings and the fact Michail Antonio is Moyes’s clear first choice as a lone striker, Saints could be a more attractive proposition than West Ham for Armstrong in terms of game time.

West Ham have been linked with a plethora of forwards since January.

But Armstrong – along with Tammy Abraham and Abdallah Sima – has been one of the names most consistently linked.

Of course that does not necessarily mean the former Newcastle man was ever a genuine prime Moyes target – even if some insiders have claimed he was.

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It does, however, place even greater emphasis on West Ham’s reported pursuit of Abraham.

The Chelsea outcast has no future under Thomas Tuchel and is expected to leave after the return of Romelu Lukaku.

While the season starts next weekend, Moyes has until August 31st to bring a forward in.

But waiting for Abraham could be a risky game for West Ham given the number of other clubs reportedly interested in him.

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