Southampton have had a bid accepted by Blackburn Rovers for striker Adam Armstrong, according to The Athletic. Armstrong will be the Saints’ replacement for Danny Ings, who left the side for Aston Villa. This will come as welcome news for Southampton fans ahead of their first game of the season, away to Everton on August 15.
Saints Swoop for Adam Armstrong
Ings Out, Armstrong In
Southampton have found a replacement for former talisman Danny Ings. His transfer to Villa brought in a fee of £30 million for the Saints to reinvest. The amount of the accepted bid for Armstrong is unknown, although Blackburn have made it clear that they are holding out for a significant fee for their striker.
Armstrong will be looking to emulate the success had by Ings at St Mary’s. Last season, he scored 12 times in the league for Southampton as the side finished 15th. That was after his best return in the 2019/20 season, where he finished with 22 league goals. Ings is the second senior departure for the Saints this window, with Ryan Bertrand moving on to Leicester City.
Armstrong in the Premier League
Adam Armstrong still has personal terms to agree to Southampton. If both parties find an agreement then he will finally get his shot at the Premier League. The striker started his career at Newcastle United, before being loaned out to a host of lower league sides: Coventry City, Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers before joining Blackburn.
Premier League fans can expect exciting football from Armstrong, who scored 28 goals in 40 appearances for the Lancashire outfit last season. He was outscored in the league only by Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who registered 31 goals as the Bees secured promotion.
A New Look Saints Side
If Southampton can hold onto other key members in the squad that have been linked with moves away from St Mary’s, the likes of James Ward-Prowse and Jannik Vestergaard, then it will give manager Ralph Hasenhüttl a chance to strengthen other areas.
Fans will have high expectations of the strike partnership of Armstrong and Che Adams. They will also be hopeful of Armstrong gelling with his namesake, Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong. It is shaping up to be an interesting end to the transfer window for Saints fans.