The 24-year-old, valued at £14.4m on Transfermarkt, had a sensational year with Blackburn as he scored 28 goals, falling behind only Brentford’s Ivan Toney in the race for the Golden Boot, and numbers like those have clearly not gone unnoticed, as there are reportedly a whole host of teams that are looking to sign him, including the Toon themselves.
Speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, host Peter O’Rourke noted just how many clubs are keen to on his services this summer:
“My understanding is that Norwich and Southampton are the two leading the race for this striker. We’ve also heard possible interest from Everton and West Ham as well, but it looks like Norwich and Southampton are really pushing for this one.”
However, Jones responded by stating that Newcastle United, his former club it should be noted, will have something to say on the matter and should feel like they could be able to pick him up this summer as well:
“Throw Newcastle into that list as well, I think that they still want to be involved in that conversation. Some people thought a little while ago that they were the favourites as well. So I don’t think they’ll be too far away from that pack that want to sign him.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments on Adam Armstrong…
Would Adam Armstrong be a good signing for Newcastle?
It should be noted that Newcastle United do reportedly have a 40% sell-on fee when it comes to Armstrong, so they could in theory earn a huge discount when it comes to his transfer fee, so for them to see themselves as favourites to do a deal with Blackburn wouldn’t be too far off the mark.
But doing a deal with Armstrong himself is a different matter. With all that is going on at the club right now with the takeover process and how uncertain that looks, plus the potential for a toxic atmosphere to return to the club if things don’t go well for them, even if he is a boyhood fan, it may not be the most appealing place to be right now.
And that could ultimately end with them having to see one of their own play for another side in the top flight and possibly come back to haunt them.