West Ham could miss out on cut-price deal for Chelsea striker as European clubs join race

West Ham United could miss the chance to sign Armando Broja for a cut-price fee this summer as other potential suitors begin to circle.

According to BBC, French giants AS Monaco are monitoring the situation of the Albanian striker and could launch a bid for his signature this summer.

Broja is one of several players on the chopping board at Chelsea after a turbulent past couple of seasons in West London.

His loan spell to Fulham didn’t help his prospects either. He barely kicked a ball for Marco Silva’s side, falling behind Rodrigo Muniz and Raul Jimenez in the pecking order.

Broja featured just eight times for the Cottagers after joining them on loan in January but failed to start any of those fixtures.

He amassed just 50 minutes of Premier League football in a Fulham shirt, forcing the Cottagers to pay £4 million in penalties for not starting the former Southampton loanee.

Broja has returned to Chelsea, but the Blues have no intention of retaining him as part of the squad and have immediately placed him on the transfer list.

Despite his recent woes, Broja still has plenty of admirers in the Premier League, including West Ham. But we could miss out on the 22-year-old if we don’t move swiftly to secure his signature.

Broja might be a risk worth taking

Chelsea slapped a whopping £50m price tag on the Albanian in January, even though he was struggling to break into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI.

However, the Blues could be forced to lower their demands this summer, considering the trajectory of the striker’s career thus far.

Nevertheless, Broja could turn out to be a value-for-money acquisition, and we should be looking to poach him, especially with Chelsea open to selling for around £25-30m.

Monaco have emerged as a possible landing spot for Broja this summer. AC Milan and long-term admirers Wolverhampton Wanderers could also enter the race.

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