SAINTS have reportedly returned with a second bid for transfer target and Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong.

Rovers rejected an opening offer for the former Newcastle United attacker, who scored 28 goals in 40 Championship games last season, and have set their stall out at around £20million.

The 24-year-old only has one year remaining on his current deal but the Magpies have a sell-on clause thought to be around 40 per cent, meaning his current club need to see a higher fee to reap the rewards.

The Daily Mail have reported that Saints made an improved bid on Wednesday of £10m plus players, in an effort to land the former England under-21 striker and add firepower to their front line amid Danny Ings rumours.


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Armstrong featured off the bench against his former side in the EFL Cup last season, but couldn't find a moment of magic to inspire his team against the higher level opposition and Newcastle ran out 1-0 winners.

The report also details how Blackburn are in talks to appoint former Celtic head scout John Park, who is credited with uncovering ex-Saints stars Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama.

His first task will likely be sorting out the Armstrong saga, with Saints’ renewed interest.

Rovers have already been weakened by midfielder Corry Evans departing for Sunderland while Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has returned to Anfield, following a loan spell – and will no doubt be reluctant to see further outgoings that don’t suit their terms.