Newcastle are eyeing up a summer loan swoop for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, with Alan Shearer seemingly a big fan.
With the Premier League season now over, Steve Bruce can firmly turn his attentions towards strengthening his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that the Magpies boss will have a very small transfer budget to work with, so it’s perhaps no surprise that the latest rumours involving Newcastle claim they are keen on exploring the loan market.
According to The Northern Echo, the Tyneside club are interested in bringing Chelsea’s Abraham on a season-long loan deal, and it’s been suggested that they have already “spoken” to officials from Stamford Bridge about a potential move.
Dubbed as being “clinical in front of goal” and as a “natural goal-scorer” by Noel Whelan, Abraham managed an impressive 12 goals in 32 games despite barely starting in the Premier League last season for the Blues.
Standing at an imposing 6 foot 3, the striker has got all the potential to be a real threat, with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith saying a couple of years ago: “Tammy is a handful and he knows better than me that he should have been walking away with the match ball tonight. But he scored the winning goal, he’s a hell of a talent. Tammy put in a hell of a shift up front on his own and proved he is a fine player.”
Abraham arguably comes with the biggest backing given what Magpies legend Shearer has said about, saying that while he still rates him highly, he’s got a bit more room to grow.
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 crossed) 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.”
The £36m-rated star could provide Bruce with the kind of Premier League proven option up front that can really ease the burden on Callum Wilson.
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