So far this season, Armstrong has highly impressed over his 33 Championship appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side, scoring 19 goals and providing three assists, as well as averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.08 – ranking him as the club’s fourth-best performer in the second tier.
As a result of his fine displays, a number of Premier League clubs, including West Ham, have been reported to be keen on a summer move for the £17,000-per-week 24-year-old, for whom Blackburn are thought to be demanding around £25 million to part with.
And, speaking on a recent episode of The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee confirmed that Armstrong is one of David Moyes’ top targets in the summer market.
He said: “I think Armstrong has always been one of the top ones because Moyes likes the impact that [Jarrod] Bowen’s had since being here and wants to have another player that’s proven [in England] rather than not proven here and has to make an adjustment.
“Whenever we’ve signed forwards in the past – [Sebastien] Haller being an example recently – from abroad that haven’t had much Premier League experience, they’ve never really done it, have they? So, I think he’s more keen to buy domestically than abroad.”
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Indeed, with West Ham shelling out a club-record £45 million on the signing of Haller back in 2019, and the striker subsequently scoring just 14 times across his 54 games in all competitions for the Hammers, the club do not have the best recent record of signing unproven Premier League centre-forwards.
However, while Armstrong has undeniably been in fine form for Blackburn this season, the 24-year-old cannot be dubbed as Premier League-proven, as over his 15 appearances in the top flight during his time at Newcastle United – although he was still a youngster at the time – the striker failed to hit the back of the net.
Having said that, perhaps Armstrong’s experience in the Championship is enough to convince Moyes that the striker will be able to adapt to Premier League football, following in the footsteps of players such as Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.