Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has compared West Ham target Armando Broja to a young Harry Kane.
Pochettino worked with the England legend during his early years at Tottenham and he says he can see similarities between the striker and Broja:
“The potential is massive. All the biggest strikers need time. When they are young, they need to find their own balance. But I believe that he has the potential to be an amazing striker.”
“I always compare it to Harry Kane. He went on loan to Leyton Orient, Norwich and spent time finding his real balance. In our first six months, he started to perform only in December and January and that’s when we started to see his real potential.”
Broja is available for transfer
Despite Pochettino’s praise, it is believed that the Albanian international will be sold before the transfer window closes next week for the right price.
Chelsea want to raise money to fund a move for another forward, which means West Ham do stand a chance of securing Broja’s signature.
There are question marks about West Ham’s interest
Reliable sources, including journalist David Ornstein, have mentioned the Irons as potential suitors for Broja, along with the likes of Fulham and Wolves.
However, the main issue is believed to be the 22-year-old’s price tag. Some reports say the striker could cost as much as £50m, which is not a fee that David Moyes’ side would be prepared to pay.
Alternatives to Broja have been considered. A loan bid for Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran has already been knocked back, while it has been claimed that the club are interested in Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface and Newcastle’s Callum Wilson.
From the look of things, though, the London club’s next signing could be a winger. They are said to be locked in talks to snap up Ibrahim Osman from FC Nordsjaelland.