Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has told LancsLive that the clubs which are interested in Adam Armstrong need to hurry up and get a deal done for the striker this summer.
The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from Ewood Park all summer and is said to be of interest to the Premier League trio of Crystal Palace, Southampton and Watford as he aims to secure a move to the top flight.
Armstrong was in fine form for Rovers last term as he hit 29 goals in all competitions and has seen his stock rise significantly as a result of that.
Speaking recently, Mowbray was quick to outline the state of play when discussing the striker’s future with the Lancashire outfit:
“I think the club are right to have a valuation and it needs meeting.
“These clubs that have bids in for him, for me, the Premier League, you see some of the money. We’re arguing over a few quid here and there. [Just] pay the asking price, get the job done and let’s get on with it!”
The frontman only has one year remaining on his current contract with the Sky Bet Championship side and is widely expected to be sold for a fee of around £20 million.
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Newcastle United would be entitled to a hefty slice of the fee, with the Magpies having included a sell on clause in the deal which took the player to Ewood Park back in 2018.
You can really tell from Mowbray’s comments that he is getting more and more frustrated with the situation involving Armstrong and I think it would be best for everyone at Blackburn if this saga was concluded sooner rather than later.
These top flight clubs need to start bucking up their ideas and should aim to pay what Rovers want for their talisman, as clearly this is a big deal for the Lancashire side.
I can certainly see him going for around £20 million, although it wouldn’t shock me if the club are looking to get a bit more than that because he is in the final year of his contract.
The money brought in from the sale should help to balance out the books at Ewood Park, so therefore it is important that their valuation is met.