Southampton are pushing ahead with a move for Blackburn forward Adam Armstrong, who may be available for around £10m this summer.
The 24-year-old was always going to be a man in-demand after an outstanding campaign in the Championship last time out, where he hit 28 league goals for Tony Mowbray’s side.
With Armstrong having a year left on his deal at Ewood Park, Blackburn know that this is their last realistic chance to get a decent fee for the player, or they risk losing him on a free in 12 months time.
Therefore, interest was inevitable in the attacker and the Telegraph have revealed that the Saints are very keen.
The update claims that they are ahead of newly-promoted Norwich City in the race to secure his signature and £10m could be all that’s required to do the deal, because of his contract situation.
Losing Armstrong would be a major blow for Rovers, particularly as Newcastle United are thought to have a 40% sell-on clause for their academy graduate who moved to Blackburn permanently in 2018.
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The Championship side are in a very tough situation this summer with Armstrong because he is so important to them but his contract situation means they’re unlikely to get the sort of fee that reflects his true value.
From Southampton’s perspective, it’s no surprise to see they want Armstrong as he should suit the energetic style they play and he scores goals.
So, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out and the Blackburn hierarchy are going to have some big decisions to make.
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