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West Ham closing on permanent deal for Chelsea striker Armando Broja

Armando Broja in action for Albania against Spain
Armando Broja in action for Albania against Spain / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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West Ham are nearing an agreement with Chelsea for the permanent transfer of Armando Broja, 90min understands.

The 20-year-old did not feature in Chelsea's friendly against Club America in Las Vegas on Saturday and has left the club's pre-season tour of the United States prematurely to resolve his future.

West Ham have been leading the chase for Broja - who has also been on the radar of Everton, Newcastle and Southampton - for much of the summer and 90min understands that the Hammers are closer than ever to agreeing a deal with Chelsea.

A £25m deal, with potential add-ons and buy-back clause, is close to being agreed, with Broja keen to move to London Stadium permanently rather than on loan.

The idea of Broja spending a second season away from Chelsea on loan was floated - he spent last season on the books at Southampton - but West Ham's preference has always been to secure the Albanian on a permanent basis.

With a deal nearing, 90min understands that West Ham may now walk away from Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca, having agreed in principle a €40m transfer from Sassuolo last week.

The 23-year-old scored 16 goals in 36 Serie A games last season and has become a regular fixture under Roberto Mancini over the course of the summer. But 90min understands that despite showing an initial interest in moving to London Stadium, talks have not progressed with the player and his agent - and West Ham may now step back from the deal and focus on other targets.

West Ham have already signed Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes this summer, and 90min understands that the club are targeting at least another three or four signings before the transfer window closes.

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