Newcastle United are set to make a summer play for Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong in an eight-figure transfer – just three years after selling him, per TEAMtalk.
Armstrong has developed into one of the Championship’s top forwards since signing for the Lancashire club on a permanent basis in August 2018 after spending the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan with Rovers.
They paid £1.75 million to take him away from Newcastle and after a slow first season where he scored just nine goals, Armstrong burst into life in 2019 and scored 17 goals last season, and right now he’s on 20 goals in 34 outings in all competitions.
And with Newcastle struggling for a regular supply of goals this season in the Premier League, they are eyeing up making a big-money move for 24-year-old Armstrong regardless of what division they find themselves in next season.
The Magpies had a sell-on clause inserted for Armstrong when they sold him, so that means they’d have to pay the full price that Blackburn want for their hot-shot – believed to be £16 million according to TEAMtalk.
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Rovers are destined for another season in the Championship and with Armstrong having just one year left on his contract this summer, they probably cannot stand in his way if a big offer comes in.
It’s interesting that Newcastle sound like they’re willing to spend that kind of figure regardless of what division they’re in – it doesn’t suggest that Mike Ashley is going anywhere anytime soon.
The Magpies have gone through a lot of strikers recently and the £40 million spent on Joelinton is proof that not all big transfers are worth it.
In Armstrong though you’d get a player who will be desperate to prove a point for his boyhood club and he would no doubt jump at the opportunity to return to Tyneside.
£16 million is a fair price as well for Rovers should Newcastle or any other team make a move – he has one year left on his contract starting this summer and there’s no doubt in a lot of people’s minds that Armstrong deserves a crack at the top flight.