Imminent £35m West Ham transfer could see Newcastle United finally seal striker deal

Gianluca Scamacca’s proposed move to West Ham United could work in Newcastle United’s favour.

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Newcastle United’s interest in signing Armando Broja looked to be over last week when it was claimed the Chelsea striker was set to join West Ham United.

However, it seems Broja is a name that remains very much under consideration with The Hammers closing in on another centre-forward instead.

Gianluca Scamacca, a player also linked with the Magpies this summer, is poised to join West Ham from Serie A side Sassuolo in a transfer worth £35million.

Once confirmed, that will signal an end to David Moyes’ striker search and hand a potential boost to the Magpies and Premier League rivals Everton.

Broja’s withdrawal from Chelsea’s tour of the US sparked rumours over his immediate future as he flew back to England.

Chelsea striker Armando Broja  spent last season on loan at Southampton. Chelsea striker Armando Broja  spent last season on loan at Southampton.
Chelsea striker Armando Broja spent last season on loan at Southampton.

However, speculation was soon quashed when Blues boss Thomas Tuchel revealed the 20-year-old had picked up an injury.

Tuchel also said he expects Broja to stay but did not rule out the possibility of him departing.

“I don’t expect Armando to leave,” Tuchel said. “We are aware of offers and interest, which tell us there is a lot of potential.

“We will take this decision together with me, the owners and also the player.

“When he arrived (in the US), it was clear he was trying to impress to try and become a Chelsea player as soon as possible after his loan at Southampton.

“The situation was clear - to make the next step and show his improvement and make an impression but unfortunately, he injured himself.

“There is a lot of noise going on because there are offers and interest in him. Let’s see how this goes.

“For Armando and the players who have already played in the Premier League, we have to look at the situation very carefully and decide if we have minutes to offer or if it’s better to loan him again.”

With Chelsea seemingly keen to keep Broja on their books, a loan move to St James’ Park could be the ideal outcome for both parties.