According to reports from Chile, West Ham United are one of the clubs in the running to sign Blackburn Rovers ace Ben Brereton Diaz this summer.
The Lowdown: impressive campaign
The striker was one of Rovers’ best performers last season, recording 25 goal contributions in the league, but he has slightly less 12 months remaining on his contract at Ewood Park, leaving his future up in the air.
His second-tier form seems to have caught the eye of a few potential suitors, and after a further update it looks like there’s a strong possibility he could make the move to the Premier League.
The latest: West Ham make contact with Brereton Diaz
The source said the two clubs have ‘recently been in contact’ over a potential transfer for the 23-year-old, with the Irons in particular having ‘enquired information’ about the striker as they ‘consider him an alternative’ to summer goal. Gianluca Scamacca.
The Hammers are reported to have only ‘consulted’ without making any formal offers so far, although the player is said to be ‘awaiting an offer’ to sanction his exit from Blackburn and move elsewhere.
The verdict: no need to break the bank
Brereton Diaz was greeted an ‘extraordinary talent’ from his former Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray, but he is unlikely to be West Ham’s number one priority given widespread links with other players, and so they are unlikely to move for him.
Alongside Scamacca, another name who has been consistently linked with a move to the London stadium is Chelsea’s Armando Broja, and it looks like a deal for the Albanian. very close to be completed.
Should West Ham sign Brereton Diaz?
Rovers are believed to have slapped a £20 million valuation on the Chile international’s head, but there’s no point in the Irons taking a big-money approach when a deal for a player in the same position is apparently close to being finalized.