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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 the BBC, French giants AS Monaco are monitoring the Albanian striker’s situation and could launch a bid for him this summer.

Broja is one of several players on the chopping block at Chelsea after a turbulent past couple of seasons.

His loan spell to Fulham didn’t help his prospects. 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 they have no intention of retaining him 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 they could miss out on the 22-year-old if they don’t move swiftly.

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.

Broja could be a value-for-money acquisition, and West Ham 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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