After facing difficulties bringing in their number target in Broja, the Hammers turned their attention to Sassuolo’s Scamacca, who had impressed at the Italian side in recent seasons. However, as a result of the signing, it has allowed other clubs to swoop in and try to hijack their man.
Romano has revealed that clubs like Newcastle United and Everton are interested in bringing the Chelsea man in, but the west London side would only entertain a loan deal as they do not want to lose Broja permanently.
Romano said: “It [West Ham’s bid] was really close. It was agreed on player’s side, but Chelsea said no. And as of today [Thursday], I’m told that Chelsea are still insisting on keeping the player. They don’t want to let him go on a permanent deal.
“So they were considering a potential loan, but at the moment they have no intention to accept a permanent move for Armando. So, we will see what happens because many clubs are interested after West Ham signed Scamacca.
“There is, for example, Everton, Newcastle – many, many clubs keeping tabs on Broja. But the player wants a permanent deal, and at the moment, Chelsea have no intention to let him go.”
TIF Thoughts on Romano’s comments…
It is understandable why Chelsea does not want to lose their young striker on a permanent deal after they sold a lot of young talents in recent windows who have gone on to impress, like Marc Guehi, Tammy Abraham, and Fikayo Tomori.
As a result of this, it has forced West Ham to look elsewhere, and while they have gotten themselves a great striker in Scamacca, they could still on in for Broja, according to The Athletic.
However, it has left the door open for Everton and Newcastle to pursue. Newcastle have been reportedly interested in a possible loan-to-buy option for the 20-year-old, while Everton are in the middle of a financial crisis and therefore maybe a loan could interest them.
It looks like this saga could come down to the end of the window, but one thing is for sure. Whoever lands Broja will be getting a young striker with bags of potential and a hungry prospect after his successful Southampton loan.
Who will end up better?