There are several clubs all considering taking Blackburn Rovers‘ Adam Armstrong up a tier next season, with Southampton having been believed to be leading the race to sign him. While this does not appear to be the case anymore, the Englishman is still in high demand, as newly-promoted Norwich City become the latest side to register their interest, as reported by Mike McGrath.
Norwich City Keen To Sign Adam Armstrong
Norwich City The Latest Team to Register Interest in Adam Armstrong
Fresh reports from LancsLive claim that Saints are, in fact, not going to make a bid for the striker, instead pursuing other options in the position.
Despite this, West Ham United and Newcastle United could still present Armstrong with the chance of playing in the top flight of English football next year, as both are in the race to try and sign him.
Now, they’ll all face competition from Norwich, who are eager to bring fresh firepower into the club in an effort to try and stay in the Premier League for longer than a season.
No official bids have been made yet but the interest is certainly there. As for Southampton though, despite initial reports stating that they were leading the race, they seem not to be in it at all.
Impressive in The Championship for Blackburn
Armstrong has certainly impressed during his time in the Championship. His finishing ability is almost second to none in the second tier and he’s arguably one of the best strikers in the league despite his club side failing to challenge for a promotion spot.
The 24-year old scored a phenomenal 28 goals in 40 games for the Ewood Park side last season, which is a goal every 124 minutes. He also bagged five assists along the way.
Early Career Spent on Loans in the Football League
Beginning his career at Newcastle United, Armstrong never really got the chance to flourish for the Magpies.
Instead, he was sent out on loans to various Football League clubs, where he continued to grow as a player.
First at Coventry City, he then went on to play for Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers.
Eventually, the striker found his way to Ewood Park on an initial short-term deal. He shined that much for the club during his time there on loan that it prompted the side to part with a seven-figure fee to sign him on a permanent basis.
Wanted in the Premier League
Finally given a chance at a club on a permanent basis, Armstrong has managed to become one of the most clinical finishers in the entire EFL. He’s yet to be truly tested in the Premier League and with Blackburn struggling to launch a significant promotion bid, the player may be resigned to leaving in search of that top tier gametime.
It seems that there are a number of clubs willing to give it to him too. Newcastle were nearly pulled into a relegation scrap last season and are now on the hunt for a talisman to ensure that the relegation places are out of sight next year. West Ham also want to push on after a tremendous campaign and are eager to sign the striker. They believe the Backburn man could continue to fire in the goals for them at the top level.
As for Norwich, they excelled last season in the Championship and stormed to a league title and, hence, gained instant promotion back to the top tier of English football. They have some decent striking options already but believe Armstrong would give them the goals to keep them in the league.
It looks like Southampton, though, will not be pursuing the forward, leaving their Premier League rivals with the chance to step in and sign the player instead – which could be a decision that the club end up regretting if he starts netting on a regular basis in the top flight.