West Ham United are set to face plenty of competition for mooted summer target Tammy Abraham…
According to 90min, Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have entered the race to secure the 23-year-old striker from Chelsea, who have been left unimpressed by his demands for a big-money contract.
Premier League rivals Southampton, Crystal Palace and Brighton are also in the running for Abraham, but few can match his reported £82,000-a-week wages.
If it’s a case of merely stumping up an additional £15m, then David Sullivan and the Irons hierarchy would be fools to not pay it, especially after the predicament in which they left their manager earlier this year.
After sanctioning the departure of club-record flop Sebastian Haller to Ajax during the January transfer window, the club failed to find an alternative to bring in, leaving Moyes with only one senior striker in Michail Antonio, and even that’s a bit sketchy considering his injury record.
Therefore, it’s hardly a surprise to see the Hammers targeting the addition of a new centre-forward this summer, and given Abraham’s experience in the Premier League, there cannot be many better candidates.
Unfortunately for the Irons, there is often a premium to pay for homegrown English talent, as seen by Harry Maguire (£80m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m) in recent years. Arguably, they could both have been bought for cheaper fees, especially given that their replacements cost a snip of their exit fee.
Having worked his way into the side more regularly under Frank Lampard, Abraham has found the net 30 times throughout his Stamford Bridge career; and even despite a lack of game-time under new manager Thomas Tuchel, he still ranks among their top goalscorers for the season.
Once described as “unbelievable” by Jack Grealish, it is surely only a matter of time before the England international starts scoring even more regularly at the highest level if he is given a chance like he would surely be at the London Stadium.
Similarly, his style of play is an attractive one, having drawn serious comparisons to a Premier League great.
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand waxed lyrical about Abraham last season following a starring role against Lille. He said (via Daily Express): “First half, one ball went up to him, Didier Drogba-esque, chests it down for someone, runs on for the next phase – I think he’s developing nicely. He’s scoring goals, he’s scoring different types of goals and I think he’s a threat.”
Also lauded as a “phenomenal player” by Alex McLeish to Football Insider, it’s clear that Abraham would be a perfectly viable option to provide cover for or even rival Antonio for the starting spot.
£40m is a lot of money but there won’t be many better candidates out there.
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