ARMSTRONG JOINS PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM
England striker Adam Armstrong has left Blackburn Rovers to sign for Premier League club Southampton for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £15m. The 24-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Saints.
Ex-Newcastle United star Armstrong is the second striker to join the Saints this week after Chelsea loanee Armando Broja. The 19-year-old has joined Southampton on a season-long loan deal from European champions Chelsea.
On the signing of Armstrong, Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl told the Saints’ official website that the player was a big target this summer. He then expressed his delight at being able to add him to the Saints first team squad ahead of the new league campaign.
Armstrong started his football education at Newcastle United before he had loan spells at lower league clubs such as Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers, and Coventry City. The petite striker initially joined Blackburn Rovers on loan during the 2018 winter transfer window before his move to the club was made permanent later that year. His permanent deal was confirmed in the summer of 2018.
In his first official interview as a Southampton player, Armstrong said he was elated to join a massive club and one with a great fanbase. The former England u-21 international says it is the right time for him to make the step up to the Premier League from the English Championship.
Southampton have moved to replace last season’s leading goalscorer Danny Ings who left the club to join Aston Villa earlier this summer. The Saints have replaced Ings with the duo of Armstrong and Broja.