TalkSport insider Alex Crook has claimed that Watford are set to be in the market for Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong this summer.
The Hornets made their way back to the Premier League last season after they finished 2nd in the Championship and will surely be hoping for another long stint in the Premier League, having enjoyed a five-year stretch last time out.
In the past, they have had to rely on club captain Troy Deeney for goals, and although he insists he’s coming back this season despite being 33 and having missed a large part of last season due to injury, they could still do with a little bit of help up top.
And speaking on TalkSport, Crook claimed that Xisco’s men have entered the race to sign the 24-year-old, who scored 29 goals in all competitions last season, but that they potentially face some fierce competition in the race for his signature:
“I know Southampton are keen on him at the moment, they feel that the price tag – £20m is what Blackburn are looking for – for a player in the last year of his contract is too rich for them. Norwich have enquired as well. And now Watford, we’re hearing, could also be ready to put some money on the table for Adam Armstrong.”
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Will Watford stay up this season?
Bringing in someone like Armstrong, who is valued at £16.2 million (as per Transfermarkt), would certainly be a sign of intent from Watford in their attempts to stay in the Premier League, whether he comes in as someone to provide competition and rotation for players like Deeney or to play alongside him.
And whilst there have been some players in the past that haven’t been able to make the jump from the Championship to the Premier League, after the success that Patrick Bamford and Ollie Watkins had last season when they made their step up from the second tier, Watford will be hoping that he will fall into the latter category rather than the former.