Newcastle have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham after a new update about his situation.
Reports in recent days suggested that Steve Bruce’s side are one of the teams interested in signing the England international this summer, and it now appears that a potential deal could well be on the cards.
According to The Express and Star, Chelsea are now willing to let Abraham go, and are likely to demand a fee of around £40m to part ways with the centre-forward.
With Callum Wilson enduring an injury-hit campaign in his debut season at St James’ Park, making sure the Magpies are well-stocked with quality in the striking department has to be a priority this summer.
And by bringing in the £50k-a-week earning Abraham, Lee Charnley could ensure that Newcastle’s attack could well be transformed. The England ace has suffered from a real lack of game-time at Stamford Bridge, but has still managed 12 goals across all competitions, while he bagged 15 in the Premier League alone last year.
Dubbed as the “real deal” by former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, Abraham has a big fan in Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, who waxed lyrical about him earlier this season.
He said: “I like him but I also think he has to go to the next level and to do that, that stat (only scoring four goals from crosses) has to improve. He is very good at finishing balls that come from midfield and in behind the defence. Where he can improve is when balls come into the box, he needs to have that intelligent movement where number nines score on a regular basis.
“I like him, he has great potential but where he has to go to the next level, the one thing he can improve on is that movement in the box and he can improve that. He just needs to work on it and improve.”
Having Abraham to either partner Wilson in attack, or simply compete with him, would be a major boost to Newcastle’s striking options and would ensure they don’t just fall by the wayside if the latter pulls up with injury – in the nine Premier League games that the summer signing has missed, the Magpies have scored just five goals.
Abraham’s arrival would go a long way to transforming that.