Newcastle United are among the clubs competing for the signature of Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham, according to a report from TEAMtalk.
The Magpies are named alongside West Ham, Southampton and Aston Villa as potential suitors, with Chelsea said to be open to selling the 23-year-old, who is about to enter the final two years of his contract at Stamford Bridge.
However, the report added that one potential stumbling block in any exit could be his wage demands. In his talks with Chelsea, Abraham apparently demanded a similar deal to team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, who earns £180,000 per week.
Abraham unhappy at Stamford Bridge
After the Englishman was left out of the matchday squad for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City earlier this month, The Guardian reported that he was ‘considering seeking a fresh opportunity’.
Since Thomas Tuchel took over at the end of January, Abraham has played just 126 minutes of Premier League football. He has suffered an ankle injury in that time, but he was in full training before he was snubbed for the Wembley clash.
Last week, Tuchel admitted that he could understand why Abraham was ‘worried and sad and maybe angry’ about his situation.
Newcastle target Abraham a proven goalscorer
Despite his struggles to get a look-in under Tuchel, the 23-year-old remains Chelsea’s top scorer this season with 12 goals in all competitions, one more than Timo Werner.
He has netted 30 times across 81 appearances in total for the Blues, having previously bagged 48 goals in his Championship loan spells (via Transfermarkt).
Transfer Tavern verdict
Football analytics writer Aaron Moniz tweeted that a £30-40m move for Abraham would be ‘one of the deals of the year’ if Newcastle could pull it off, and it’s hard to disagree.
The striker’s value could reasonably be much higher had he not been ousted by Tuchel in recent months. He could flourish at St James’ Park in a partnership with Callum Wilson, utilising his hold-up play, and the Magpies should certainly give strong consideration towards trying to bring him in.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience