Newcastle and West Ham can no longer sign ‘wonderful’ £15m ace for free

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Premier League trio Newcastle United, Leeds and West Ham want Ben Brereton Diaz but a free transfer is now impossible with Blackburn Rovers triggering the extension clause in his contract, according to the Lancashire Telegraph. 

The artist formerly known as ‘Ben Brereton’ has scored more goals in 2021/22 alone alone than during the previous 145 games of his senior career.

Clearly, his new-found status as a Chile international has done the striker’s confidence the world of good. 

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He took his tally to 22 for the campaign with a sublime curling finish in the 2-1 final day victory over Birmingham City on Saturday.  

David Moyes has sent Alan Irvine to scout Brereton Diaz in the flesh this season. The Sun claim that West Ham are ‘leading the chase’ to sign the £15 million-rated former Nottingham Forest youngster.  

Newcastle are also keen. As are a Leeds side who’s dearth of attacking options have been laid bare by Patrick Bamford’s long-term injury absence. 

“Brereton with the ball at his feet is an extraordinary talent,” outgoing Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray once told Lancs Live. “He’s a wonderful footballer who can dribble with both feet, take people out of the game. 

“He has wonderful ability and wonderful talent.” 

Newcastle, Leeds and West Ham want Ben Brereton Diaz

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Unsurprisingly, given that Brereton Diaz is by far and away the club’s most valuable asset, Blackburn have jumped at the chance to trigger an extension clause in the Stoke-born 23-year-old’s contract.

This just confirms what many had predicted. Rovers were never going to stand idly by and let a £15 million footballer leave Ewood Park for free after all. Especially when they had the power to avoid such a situation. 

The extension clause means Brereton Diaz is now tied down until 2023. It seems highly likely, given the sheer number of suitors, that Blackburn will lose their top scorer for a second year in a row, following Adam Armstrong’s move to Southampton last summer. 

It remains to be seen if Blackburn can bounce back again.

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