Ralph Hasenhuttl could try to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja permanently, says former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer.

Broja is currently on loan at St Mary’s and has made a bright start to the season after leaving his parent club Chelsea for regular game time.

The 20-year-old scored a brace for the Saints in the 8-0 thrashing of Newport County in the second round of the Carabao Cup before grabbing another two goals during the international break for Albania.

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He also came close to scoring twice in his side’s last outing against West Ham after coming off the substitutes’ bench as he continues to stake a claim for a starting spot.

If Broja can keep it up and go on to have a good season, Palmer would not be surprised if Southampton tried to sign the Albania international permanently before eventually selling him on for profit.

“Listen, you’re going to try your best,” the ex-Southampton player told FFC when asked if he could see the Saints buying Broja outright.

“I mean, obviously Southampton will be interested in taking him. He’s one of those if you get him at the right money, he will probably go on again and you get money for him again. You know, like they did with Van Dijk.”

With Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea, Broja is going to find it hard to break into the team, so perhaps there is business to be done between the European champions and Southampton at the end of the season.

And as they have shown before with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and most recently Danny Ings, Southampton have no problem with eventually selling their valuable assets if the price is right.

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