Aston Villa have been handed a blow as Tammy Abraham will reject a loan offer as he intends to fight for his place at Chelsea, The Daily Mirror states.
Steve Bruce is eyeing further recruits to his Aston Villa side in the final days of the loan window in England but his quest has been handed a huge blow with reports stating a prime target will snub an approach from the Championship side.
The Daily Mirror says Tammy Abraham is not convinced that a return to the second-tier will advance his career and may fight for a first-team spot at Chelsea as a result, having spent last season on loan with Swansea City.
Abraham excelled with Bristol City in the 2016/17 campaign, netting 23 goals at Ashton Gate, and followed that with eight goals for Swansea in the Premier League last term – earning two international caps with England in the process.
Despite standing behind Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, 20-year-old Abraham is determined to prove himself to Maurizio Sarri’s side – potentially leaving Villa in the market for an alternative option.
With Abraham appearing to be off the table, Steve Bruce faces a struggle to bolster his forward line before the loan window slams shut on Friday and he needs to start identifying replacements. As a result, he should switch his gaze to another London club.
Arsenal’s highly-rated 19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah could be the ideal recruit, as the England U21 international faces a stern fight to earn first-team chances under Unai Emery due to competition with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
While Emery could hand the teenager opportunities in the Carabao Cup and Europa League to build upon the opportunities he earned last season, where Nketiah accumulated a total of ten appearances across all competitions – including three in the Premier League.
Starting this season with two goals in three appearances for the Gunners U23 side, Nketiah looks ready for an extended test in senior football, and he would arguably be an even better addition for Villa than Abraham.