Newcastle join West Ham and Southampton in pursuit of Chelsea striker Armando Broja

Armando Broja impressed on loan at Southampton last season (Picture: Getty Images)

Newcastle United have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer, with West Ham and Southampton also interested in bringing him in.

The 20-year-old impressed on loan with Saints last season, only scoring six Premier League goals, but nine in all competitions and showing a lot of promise.

The 6’3″ centre-forward is a physical presence up front and has already scored four goals in 14 caps for Albania as his reputations grows.

The Hammers have been linked with making a £30m bid for Broja, but Newcastle could now look to beat the east London side to the punch.

Sky Sports report that the Magpies would prefer to bring in the Albanian on loan for the forthcoming season rather than a permanent deal.

Newcastle are not short of cash under their Saudi-led ownership, but are not planning on spending a truly enormous amount this summer as they gradually revamp their squad.

Chelsea could well be tempted into another loan move for the exciting youngster, if he is to get regular first team football elsewhere, before potentially returning to play for the Blues.

The striker’s contract at Chelsea runs until 2026 so they are under absolutely no pressure to sell or rush his progress into their own side.

Thomas Tuchel could still be interested in keeping Broja around at Stamford Bridge this season after the departure of Romelu Lukaku on loan to Inter Milan.

Southampton would love to have Broja on loan again this season (Picture: Getty Images)

The Blues are now a bit short up front, with Timo Werner and the returning Michy Batshuayi as their only other recognised strikers.

They will likely bring in another centre-forward over the summer, but Broja could still have a part to play.

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