Southampton have learnt of the fee that will be required to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong in this summer’s transfer window.
Interestingly, both sources state that it is a straight battle between Saints and Norwich City to sign Armstrong, who may be ready to test himself in the Premier League after a superb 29-goal season.
Saints will be looking to add to their strikeforce this summer with limited options and a complex contract situation with Danny Ings and it remains to be seen whether a concrete offer for Armstrong appears at some point.
Southampton may need to aim between reported fees to snare Armstrong
Looking at the two differing reports, it seems as though information has been fed from the two sides of the story.
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Football Insider’s £15m quote may well have come from someone close to Blackburn Rovers and represents the best possible fee that they feel they can get in this situation.
The Daily Mail’s £8m could be a player representative publicising the lowest possible fee that Blackburn may be able to stretch to. What adds to everything they are dealing with is the fact that Armstrong’s current contract has just one year remaining on it, meaning that a club could potentially get a cut price deal.
Saints will have to be sure that Armstrong fits their style and has the potential to initiate their pressing – much like Danny Ings or Che Adams were seen doing in 2020/21.
A place amongst the options in attack could open up if Shane Long or Michael Obafemi leave the club on loan or with permanent deals this summer and Saints will want potential and a proven record for any incoming player.
Norwich will also be looking to add goals to their team to compliment Teemu Pukki and give them the best possible opportunity to avoid relegation back to the Championship.