Adam Armstrong has what it takes to be a Premier League success but West Ham would be taking a “big risk” risk with his £16million price tag.
That is according to ex-Premier League striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after TEAMtalk claimed the fee that Blackburn would accept for the striker.
The Sun report that West Ham remain keen on the 24-year-old who has netted 19 times in 33 Championship appearances this season.
Armstrong has been linked with several top-flight sides besides West Ham, including Brighton and his former club Newcastle.
Whelan compared him to two players who have had contrasting fortunes since switching the Championship for the Premier League, Helder Costa and Jarrod Bowen.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He’s a good player. I saw him a lot when he was on loan at Coventry City and he’s got great technical ability. He’s one of these players who can make things happen.
“It’s not really a great deal of money in this day and age, £16m. When you think about what he could bring to the side, it makes sense.
“Although, you are talking about a player who’s not done it in the Premier League. So a little bit like with Helder Costa signing permanently for Leeds, you’re taking a risk.
“You just hope it’s a risk that pays off like Bowen’s move to West Ham. You hope it would be more like that signing than Leeds signing Costa.”
Armstrong signed for Rovers from Newcastle in January 2018, initially on loan before making the switch permanent in the summer.
He has since netted 55 goals and contributed 17 assists in 153 appearances for the club.