Leeds United in pursuit of Chelsea striker Armando Broja
Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja amid the Albanian’s stunning run of form while on loan at Southampton, according to TeamTalk.
The football news website reports that Southampton are keen to sign Broja, 20, after his loan deal expires.
However, it is understood that they’ll face competition in the summer with Leeds, Everton and Wolves all said to be wowed by the Albania international’s performances at St Mary’s.
TeamTalk adds that with Patrick Bamford spending almost all of the season so far on the sidelines with injuries, Leeds want to ensure they are not left with a shortage of strikers again and are now “set to enter the transfer race” for Broja.
Leeds will struggle to sign Broja.
He’s been great at Southampton this season, scoring seven goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for the south coast club.
However, he signed a five-year deal at Chelsea before he left them on loan and according to the London Evening Standard, the Slough-born Albania striker dreams of playing for the Stamford Bridge club on a regular basis.
In the Evening Standard’s report from 17 January, it is also claimed that Chelsea will want at least £20million for Broja, as well as a buy-back clause included in any deal.
Broja is starting most games for Southampton even though Ralph Hassenhuttl has other striker options in Che Adams and Adam Armstrong.
And that means it’s unlikely he’d want to either give up on his dream of playing for Chelsea or give up on playing regularly at Southampton to be a second-choice striker at Leeds.
As soon as Bamford is available again, Marcelo Bielsa is going to start him.
Speaking to Football Insider earlier this week [24 January], ex-Scotland defender Alan Hutton dubbed Broja an “excellent” striker who “looks a battle-hardened Premier League player”.
He really does look great but we do not expect Leeds to sign him.
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