Everton have joined West Ham in the transfer hunt for Armando Broja but must wait for Chelsea to green light his sale, a report has claimed.
The Albanian striker is facing an early-career crossroads after emerging as an impressive Premier League talent. Following his loan move at Vitesse Arnhem in the 2020/21 season, he made his mark at Southampton last term.
And after six top-flight goals and a number of impressive performances on the south coast, Broja has fresh transfer interest.
West Ham have been long-term admirers of the centre-forward. Boss David Moyes is looking for support for frontmen Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen.
But after Richarlison’s big-money move to Tottenham, Everton are also in need of fresh attacking reinforcements.
And according to the Daily Mail, the Toffees have made official contact with Chelsea over their interest in Broja.
Chelsea have told both Premier League clubs that their fringe striker will cost in the region of £30million.
However, Broja is not going anywhere yet, with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel wanting to take a look at the progress the striker has made.
Broja will return from his summer holiday later this week, ahead of Chelsea’s pre-season trip to America.
Tuchel wants to perform something of an overhaul of his attacking ranks this summer. Romelu Lukaku’s loan exit back to Inter is a big part of that, with Raheem Sterling wanted in his place.
Leeds United winger Raphinha is also a Chelsea target, but Barcelona are his favoured destination after Elland Road.
As for further outgoings, Timo Werner has reportedly been offered to Juventus by Chelsea in an unsuccessful player-plus-cash swap deal bid for centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.
The departure of Hakim Ziyech – on whom AC Milan are keen – may yet make Broja part of Chelsea’s plans.
Broja needs Everton or West Ham move
But even then, Broja would unlikely be a regular starter at Chelsea and so needs a move away either way.
He could slot in straight away at Everton, who need support for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
At West Ham, he could grow into Antonio’s successor but may have to wait to be a nailed-on starter for Moyes.
Armando Broja wanted by West Ham for huge price
Chelsea striker Armando Broja on loan at Southampton is wanted by West Ham but they will have to pay over £40m
In any case, he would likely fare much better fare much better away from Stamford Bridge, even if it just another loan deal. Chelsea have that option because Broja’s contract only runs out in 2026.
A loan deal with an option or obligation to buy may also work if finances are tight and Chelsea do not see him in their long-term plans.