Mowbray hints West Ham and Newcastle goal could be sold
West Ham United and Newcastle United have been further encouraged in their pursuit of Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong.
The 24-year-old is in top form for the Rovers this season, scoring 22 goals in 40 appearances during the current campaign.
He has just over a year left on his current contract, and Rovers manager Tony Mowbray hinted earlier this month that he could be sold this summer.
Mowbray has now confirmed that the club may be forced to sell their main assets to fund inbound transfers this summer.
With playmaker Bradley Dack currently on the sidelines, Mowbray’s only other hope of raising any significant funds is to sell Armstrong.
In an interview with Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray outlined his plans for the next transfer window.
“We’ll have to see what the budget looks like, what the group’s salary level is and see how much we have to spend,” he said.
“Then we’ll have to see if we’re going to sign free transfers, loans, or if you have to sell a player to buy players.
“It’s normally daylight saving time – how are you going to improve your team for the next year?”
Armstrong has been one of the Rovers’ most notable performers during what has been a disappointing campaign for the club.
Venky’s owners had previously slapped a price tag of £ 25million on him, but that figure is likely excessive given the status of Armstrong’s contract.
West Ham has been linked with Armstrong on several occasions, while Newcastle have also been credited with an interest.
With Everton also in contention, the Rovers will be eager to start a bidding war for Armstrong’s services.
On this basis, interested clubs would be well advised to reach a deal as soon as possible.
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