Chelsea striker Armando Broja during Southampton loan
The young striker impressed on loan at Southampton last season (Picture: Getty)

West Ham are set to launch a £30million bid for Chelsea striker Armando Broja, according to reports.

Broja spent the 2021-22 season on loan at Southampton in the Premier League and impressed during his time on the south coast, netting nine goals in 38 games across all competitions.

Although Thomas Tuchel is keen to see the youngster during pre-season, Sky Sports claim West Ham will test their resolve with an imminent bid of £30m.

Southampton, who finished 15th last term, are also said to be keen on signing the 20-year-old Albania international on a permanent deal and will fight the Hammers for his signature.

Broja has been with Chelsea since 2009 having progressed through the club’s youth academy, but has made just one Premier League appearance for the first team, playing for four minutes.

West Ham, Europa League semi-finalists in 2021-22, qualified for the upcoming Europa Conference League after a seventh-place finish last season and have made Broja one of their top targets.

David Moyes’ side have already kicked off their summer spending, bringing in Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd for £30m on a five-year deal.

New West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd
Morocco international Nayef Aguerd has already moved to West Ham this summer (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea, meanwhile, are keen on signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and Richarlison from Everton – which may allow Broja to leave for West Ham or Southampton.

The Blues are ready to offer £35m for Sterling – although the Premier League champions are looking for at least £50m to convince them to let the 27-year-old England international leave.

Chelsea are also now ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Everton forward Richarlison, according to reports.

The 25-year-old Brazil international has been a mainstay at Goodison Park since his £50m move from Watford in 2018 – scoring 53 times across 152 appearances – and has told Frank Lampard he wants to move on this summer after helping the Toffees avoid relegation last term.

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