By Matthew Shaw

28th Jul, 2022 | 4:10pm

Everton making a move for Chelsea striker Armando Broja could go down to the wire this summer, according to Chris Smith.

The 90min journalist has shared that Chelsea are currently valuing the Albanian international at £50million, with West Ham another interested party recently moving on.

It is shared that the pricetag will only fall if Thomas Tuchel manages to bring in a new striker himself, meaning Everton may be forced into waiting.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Smith shared the latest news regarding any move for a new striker at Goodison Park this summer.

“If Everton are to sign Armando Broja, it’s going to go down to the wire I think,” he wrote.

“They’re still very much at the table, but right now Chelsea are asking for huge sums – as high as £50m I’m told.

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“They’ll only come down on that if they can sign another striker themselves.”

No chance.

Everyone will happily know already that at £50million, this has no chance of happening.

Frank Lampard is known to be willing to use his contacts at Stamford Bridge with numerous players as well as Broja, including Billy Gilmour taking his fancy this summer.

A loan move makes much more sense right now, with Dwight McNeil arriving on Thursday [28 July] for a deal worth around £20million in total.

Given our financial fair play troubles, that may be the only permanent signing we can make right now, with Ruben Vinagre arriving on a loan-to-buy.

Chelsea may accept a loan move too should they bring in another number nine to replace Romelu Lukaku, with Broja needing regular playing time after his spell at Southampton.

For now, it looks unlikely, but it could certainly be revisited closer to that deadline at the start of September.

Everton need another striker to compete with and challenge Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but as we speak, it looks as though it will not be Broja coming to Merseyside.