The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has suggested that Blackburn Rovers forward Adam Armstrong might be priced out of a move away from Ewood Park this summer if their current valuation is maintained.
Armstrong is set to be one of the most sought-after players from the Championship this summer, with the forward having enjoyed an excellent season in front of goal and firing in an impressive tally of 28 goals in 40 appearances.
That meant he finished just three goals behind Brentford’s Ivan Toney who broke the record for scoring the most goals in a single campaign in the English second tier.
It has already been reported that Newcastle United and West Ham remain keen on making a potential move for Armstrong in the summer transfer window.
While Tony Mowbray has already indicated that the club might have to cash in on the forward if they receive an offer that is deemed to be good enough as he heads into the final year of his existing deal.
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However, Nixon’s latest update suggests that both West Ham and Newcastle could be put off by their potential valuation on him at the moment.
He believes that at the current price that Blackburn are quoting for Armstrong the 24-year-old could be set to have to remain at Ewood Park. That is a situation that could well change the further we head into the summer though.
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— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 14, 2021
This is a major potential blow for West Ham and Newcastle and shows that they will have work to do to try and convince Blackburn to lower their current valuation of Armstrong. Finances are going to be tight even amongst Premier League clubs this summer, but you can fully understand why Rovers are demanding a sizeable figure for the forward after his 28-goal output this term.
However, the fact that Armstrong has just a year left on his deal means that Blackburn need to handle the situation carefully. The last thing the club will be wanting is to lose such an asset for nothing in another years’ time. Therefore, Newcastle and West Ham might just need to bide their time and try and wait for Mowbray’s side to alter their current valuation.
Armstrong himself might yet be able to change the situation and if he makes it clear that he wants a move away to get Premier League football then Blackburn might have to yield to his demands. Ideally, if the 24-year-old is going to be sold it would be best to do it early on in terms of giving Rovers the chance to reinvest the funds back into their squad.