Southampton have seen their opening Adam Armstrong bid rejected by Blackburn Rovers. The 24-year-old striker scored 29 goals in the Championship last season and Southampton have made their interest firmly known with this opening offer.
Southampton’s Adam Armstrong Bid Rejected by Blackburn Rovers
Armstrong Deal Expires Summer 2022
Armstrong’s current deal with Blackburn runs until summer 2022 and if he does not sign a new deal prior to that, he will be eligible to leave on a free transfer. Blackburn want to keep their star man but also do not want to lose him for free or let him leave for less than their valuation – which is said to be around £20 million. Armstrong joined the Lancashire club in 2018 from Newcastle United for a fee of just £1.75 million and the valuation is reported to be putting some clubs off.
Newcastle will also be following the situation as they have a 40% sell-on clause from any move the player may make.
Lancs.Live reported that the likes of Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United have previously expressed an interest in Armstrong but it is only the Saints that have so far expressed a firm interest, and it is understood that the bid falls a long way short of the £20 million wanted. However, there is an acceptance that the South Coast club will return with a better offer, although whether that will be enough to tempt his current club to sell remains to be seen.
Armstrong is away on pre-season training with his Blackburn teammates in Scotland with the new season just over four weeks away. They will kick off their campaign with their home league match against Swansea City before hosting newly-promoted League One side Morecambe in the first round of the Carabao Cup.