Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham is closing in on a season-long loan move to Newcastle United, according to the Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old impressed during a loan spell at Bristol City last season, scoring 26 goals.
Abraham joined the Blues’ academy in 2004 and has been capped at England Under-21 level.
The Daily Mail claims that Chelsea initially wanted the youngster to merge into the first team, but the close relationship between technical director Michael Emenalo and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has changed the plan.
Leicester City and Brighton also reportedly expressed an interest in the youngster, but Abraham is expected to join the Magpies at the weekend.
The deal would have been helped along by Benitez visiting Abraham personally at St George’s Park.
Abraham has shown great promise at the tender age of 19, and he could well thrive for the Magpies next season.
There is a question hanging over the forward’s ability to impress against top talent, though, and this will be his first major test.
From Chelsea’s point of view, it is a concern that they continue to farm out their talented prospects yet barely give them opportunities in the first team.
The club have already offloaded 19-year-old Dominic Solanke to Liverpool, and due to their standing among England’s elite, they are more likely to bring in an established talent than put faith in a youth option.
The Daily Mail claims that Chelsea are keen for Abraham to return, but if he succeeds at Newcastle and achieves regular first-team football, he may not want to.