Newcastle transfer news: Magpies interested in loan deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja | News from the transfer center

Newcastle are interested in Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer and have raised him as a potential loanee.

Chelsea intend to assess Broja in pre-season before making a decision on his future. The Blues are lacking options up front after allowing Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan.

Broja, on loan at Southampton last season, is also attracting interest from the Saints and West Ham.

Armando Broja was on loan at Southampton last season

Sky sports news reported last month that West Ham are planning a £30m bid for Broja after identifying him as their top striker target this summer.

The 20-year-old impressed on loan for Southampton last season, scoring nine goals in 38 games in all competitions.

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Take a look at all six of Broja’s Premier League goals for Southampton last season

What positions are Newcastle targeting?

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Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie:

Eddie Howe made big changes with five new arrivals in January – and expects to make a similar foray into the market in his second transfer window in charge.

The Newcastle boss is at pains to describe the situation at the club as evolution rather than revolution, but he knows exactly where he wants to strengthen.

Howe has already hired a new goalkeeper in the £10million signing of Nick Pope from Burnley.

Despite Dan Burn arriving in January and Fabian Schar signing a new deal in May, the Magpies have also added a new centre-back with the £35m capture of Lille’s Sven Botman. There remains a question mark over Jamaal Lascelles’ long-term future at the club and the club’s captain could well be leaving.

Newcastle fans are dying to see Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta but the club would have to spend the bulk of their budget on one player if they want to land Bruno Guimaraes’ best mate. It’s more likely Howe will try to stay in the midfield he currently has at his disposal. The manager was keen to strengthen the left-back and has done so by signing Matt Targett from Aston Villa for £15million following his successful loan spell last season.

Hugo Ekitike almost sealed a move to Tyneside on Deadline Day in January but opted to remain at Reims. Newcastle remain interested, but so do some of the top clubs in Europe. The 20-year-old would charge in the region of £30m but could fill in both on the wing and in a central batting role so could be worth the price. He’s the kind of young project signer Howe craves.

Newcastle spent £95m in January and there could be a similar type of spending again if they add the four or five areas outlined above.

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