Wild discrepancies over the fee mean West Ham and Chelsea could be as much as £30m apart over Armando Broja deal.
Having completed the signing of brilliant centre-back Nayef Aguerd on Monday, there was further excitement in West Ham circles last night after transfer reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed West Ham were now fully focused on signing Chelsea striker Broja.
The world and its wife knows West Ham desperately need to sign a new striker this summer.
A Chelsea expert speaking to Hammers News recently claimed the Todd Boehly takeover could be in West Ham’s interests over striker Broja.
West Ham were first linked with a move for Chelsea-owned Broja earlier this season after seriously catching the eye on loan at Southampton (Football Insider).
Sky Sports has reported that Broja is on David Moyes’s list of striker targets for the summer window with a forward being a top priority for West Ham.
And Jamie Redknapp claimed live on Sky Sports last month that he has heard the Chelsea academy product – who he has known since he was 14 – is wanted by West Ham in a permanent move this summer.
Moyes has been searching for the right striker to bring to West Ham ever since selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax 18 months ago.
Football Insider claimed recently that West Ham had made an approach to Chelsea to sign Broja after having him watched closely throughout last season by head of recruitment Rob Newman.
Speaking on his own website, Di Marzio says signing Broja is now West Ham’s main focus having secured defender Nayef Aguerd.
And Di Marzio says negotiations are ‘ongoing’ between West Ham and Chelsea over a deal for the Slough-born Albanian forward.
But wild discrepancies over the fee mean West Ham and Chelsea could be as much as £30m apart over the Broja deal.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are going to offer Chelsea £30m for Broja imminently.
Sky Sports claims doubts over the future of Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia means the decision over Broja’s future is expected to be made by new owner Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel.
That’s bad news for West Ham if ture because a host of reports recently claim Chelsea boss Tuchel values Broja at nearer £60m.
Broja scored nine goals on loan at Southampton last season. But – like West Ham’s valuation of Declan Rice – if that’s what the Blues believe he is worth to them then who are the Hammers to argue.
Hopefully a compromise can be reached more within reach of the alleged £30m West Ham are about to offer Chelsea.
But don’t be surprised if any deal ends up creeping more towards the £40m mark given the wild discrepancies in the Broja fee in the previous reports.