Newcastle 'definitely like' £30m striker at St James' Park

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Newcastle United do not have Chelsea striker Armando Broja at the top of their list of targets, according to Dean Jones.

The transfer insider says the Tyneside club do like him; however, he is not the first name currently on their radar.

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What is the latest news involving Broja?

On Monday, the MailOnline reported that Newcastle’s Premier League rivals West Ham and Everton have formally registered an interest in Broja.

Regarding how much he could cost, the number the newspaper mentions is £30m, but Chelsea are unlikely to sanction a sale immediately.

It is believed that Thomas Tuchel wants to assess Broja in pre-season before any decision on his future is made.

With Romelu Lukaku returning to Inter Milan, there could be space for another centre-forward in the squad like Broja.

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What has Jones said about Broja and Newcastle?

Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Newcastle also like the Albanian but do not have him as a top target right now.

Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “He’s not at the top of the list, but he is definitely somebody they like. They know there’s going to be competition to get him, so I think they’re a bit wary of how much effort they’re going to have to put into signing him.”

Could Broja become a priority for Newcastle?

It would not be a surprise, as the Magpies are struggling to land their other striker targets.

A deal for Reims youngster Hugo Ekitike is off as things stand, while Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin seems to be too expensive.

According to The Telegraph, Newcastle were quoted a £60m fee when they enquired about signing the England international, a price they do not want to pay.

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The above means Eddie Howe could have no choice but to turn to someone like Broja, who would not be a bad addition at St James’ Park.

The Albania star showed a lot of promise last season, scoring six Premier League goals during his loan spell at Southampton. While it is not an incredible number, it is important to remember that he is still just 20 years of age and the last campaign was his first real taste of football in the English top flight.

Broja has a lot of ability, with Albania’s assistant manager Sergio Porrini stating that he is “devastating” in spaces.

Competition will be fierce – and that is if Chelsea even decide to let him go – but he could be a player worth pursuing if you are Newcastle.

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