West Ham manager David Moyes has directed his club to scout Adam Armstrong ahead of a possible summer move for the Blackburn Rovers forward, a report by The Sun said.
Armstrong has been in great shape for Tony Mowbray’s side this season, scoring 18 goals in 29 games in all competitions for Ewood Park Club.
Now it seems like this form is attracting the attention of the top tier of English football.
According to this latest report, Moyes would like West Ham to evaluate Armstrong’s performance over the next several months to take a step for the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window.
It is said that the Hammers considered placing a £ 8m bid on Armstrong last month, although no move was ultimately made for the striker.
In addition to West Ham, Premier League colleagues Everton and Fulham are also linked to Armstrong, although both should see Armstrong as more of a squad player if they sign him.
Blackburn reportedly want at least £ 10m for Armstrong despite proposals to sell the striker in the summer if they don’t win promotion.
Rovers are currently in eighth place in the championship table, six points behind the play-off spots after their 1-0 loss to QPR on Saturday afternoon.
There are currently around 18 months left on Armstrong’s deal with Blackburn to secure his future at Ewood Park until the end of next season, despite manager Tony Mowbray recently announcing that the club are negotiating a new deal with the attacker.
These reports will undoubtedly cause Blackburn concern.
Armstrong has been an important player for Rovers for the past season and a half. So you can imagine that if you can, you will desperately try not to lose him.
However, they feel that the Premier League lure will be enticing for Armstrong which could put more pressure on Blackburn here if there is real interest in the striker.
That being said, I feel like the number of chances Armstrong needs to get the ball into the net could be an issue at the Premier League level, which means I’m not sure how a club like West is trying Ham will be going to come in for Armstrong when the market reopens this summer.