David Moyes risks making an instant U-turn on his February statement amid claims that West Ham United are not resistant to signing Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer.
According to Claret & Hugh, the Hammers will push on with plans to sign Abraham at the end of the season should the Stamford Bridge natives make the forward available for a move.
That’s despite concerns that the England international’s £80,000-per-week contract could cause some tension in the London Stadium dressing room, where Spotrac figures show only Andriy Yarmolenko (£115k-p/w) and Jarrod Bowen (£96k-p/w) currently earn more.
Abraham is also expected to be a point of focus for Southampton in the summer after the Saints joined the Irons in lodging preliminary inquiries, while the striker weighs up his options amid doubt in a long-term future in south-west London.
Reports by The Athletic have suggested that the 23-year-old has no interest in discussing a new deal with Thomas Tuchel’s side all the while the Blues consider a move to sign Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland.
Chelsea would also consider Abraham – who has desires to lead the line for a club and England regularly – as their best route to securing the largest fee, with Olivier Giroud out of contract in June and Timo Werner unlikely to be on the move.
It has also been claimed by Eurosport that Abraham is ready to consider leaving Stamford Bridge, where the six-cap centre-forward feels he should be earning closer to £120k-p/w after Callum Hudson-Odoi landed a deal signed in 2019.
There should be little doubt in what sort of impact Abraham can bring to the London Stadium if Moyes opts to pursue the striker as Sebastien Haller’s replacement, with the Chelsea ace currently the top-scorer at Stamford Bridge with 12-goals in all competitions.
Even despite his output, former Hammers star Trevor Sinclair believes Abraham is not valued highly enough in south west London, as the forward is good enough to play for almost any side in the Premier League.
“I think he is so undervalued at Chelsea,” Sinclair told talkSPORT. “I can’t understand why he doesn’t get in ahead of the likes of Werner, [Kai] Havertz, or Giroud even.
“For me, I think Man City take him, Arsenal would take him, West Ham would take him, Leicester City to have with [Jamie] Vardy. That list of teams would have him in a heartbeat.”
But West Ham agreeing to make Abraham the best-paid player in claret and blue would see Moyes risk making an instant U-turn on his intent to do things differently to how the Irons have operated in previous markets.
“We had money to spend, we sold Seb earlier in the window, so we had that, but we are trying to do things different at West Ham. We’re not going to follow the same path we have been following before,” Moyes said, via quotes by TEAMtalk last month. “I chose to keep my money and hopefully, we can start another rebuild come the summertime.”
Haller became West Ham’s top-earner on a £115k-p/w deal upon his club-record £45m arrival in 2019, but flopped drastically before being sold in January for £20m with just 10 goals in 48 Premier League games of which he started 34.
The Irons and Moyes will no doubt be keen to avoid a repeat situation by naming Abraham as their new best-paid player, but can take confidence in his 21 goals in 54 top-flight games since the start of last season.