As reported by The Evening Chronicle, Newcastle United are still hopeful of signing young Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, despite significant competition for his signature.
Rafa Benitez is looking for talent he believes will allow the Mapgies to make a real impact on the top-flight next season.
One player he’s reportedly cast his eye on is young Abraham, who tore apart the Championship last season on loan at Bristol City.
The Chronicle reckon that Newcastle already have an agreement in place with the Stamford Bridge side for a season-long loan. However, the player has yet to decide where his future lies with Brighton, Swansea and Vitesse Arnhem all interested in his services, says the report.
The paper also goes on to explain that unforeseen financial aspects of the deal are still unresolved with his wages set to increase at Chelsea due to the Blues’ desire to hand him a new contract before he heads out on loan.
However, Newcastle are still hopeful of his signature with Chelsea reported to prefer that the forward moves to St James’ 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 would be his first major test.
Rated at £4.25m by Transfermarkt, his opportunity to get a regular start at Chelsea is limited due to their standing among England’s elite and they are more likely to bring in an established talent than put faith in a youth option.
However, with 26 goals in all competitions last season it’s clear he knows his way to goal and that could be vital if Newcastle are to make the splash fans expect in next season’s Premier League.