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Newcastle United in line now to receive £6m+ cash boost

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Adam Armstrong was always going to be on the move this summer.

The only question was which Premier League club would be his next destination.

Adam Armstrong having scored goals for fun in both League One and the Championship (28 in 40 games for Blackburn last season), earning his chance to return to the top tier having had 1 PL start and 14 sub appearances back in the day as a teenager at Newcastle United.

Left out of the Blackburn matchday squad that beat Swansea on Saturday, it appeared a move was now imminent.

With Sky Sports reporting on Monday morning that a deal had indeed been agreed between Blackburn and a Premier League club, Southampton set to take on Adam Armstrong, as the Geordie striker follows the same set of clubs as Alan Shearer did, though in reverse order.

Keith Downie covers Newcastle United for Sky Sports and he has reported on Monday morning that his information is that Southampton and Blackburn have agreed the deal.

He adds that personal terms aren’t expected to be a problem and that Southampton are set to pay £15m-£17m, with Newcastle United set for a £6m+ cash bonus due to a 40% sell-on clause that was included when he went to Ewood Park for an initial £1.8m back in August 2018.

Southampton having sold Danny Ings to Aston Villa for £25m-£30m, now using a large chunk of that to buy Adam Armstrong, with then Newcastle’s £6m+ cut set to reportedly help pay for the claimed imminent Joe Willock £22m-£25m arrival from Arsenal.

Adam Armstrong has made rapid improvement and after 16 goals in 40 Championship starts in 2019/20 for Blackburn, increased that to a superb 28 goals in 40 Championship starts in 2020/21. Only Ivan Toney scoring more, 31 in the regular league season for promoted Brentford.

Adam Armstrong signed off for the season with a hat-trick as Blackburn hammered Birmingham 5-2. The previous match he scored against Rotherham and the one before that, another hat-trick, that one against Huddersfield in another 5-2 win. Not a bad way to put yourself in the shop window with seven goals in your final three Championship matches of the season…or indeed of your career, potentially.

An incredible 28 Championship goals and five assists, meaning the Geordie striker had been directly involved in more than half of Blackburn’s 65 league goals this season.

I would argue that Adam Armstrong had actually been even more impressive than Ivan Toney, as whilst Toney and Brentford finished third in the table and went up through the play-offs, Armstrong and Blackburn ended the season 15th, actually closer to relegation than the play-offs.

Last summer, after scoring 26 Championship goals, Villa paid £28m (potentially rising to £33m) for Ollie Watkins. One of many examples of big transfer fees that Premier League clubs have paid for Championship players in recent times.

Assuming the deals go through, interesting to see how many goals Adam Armstrong and Joe Willock score this coming season, especially with both clubs widely expected to be potential relegation candidates once again.

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