West Ham manager David Moyes has been dealt a massive blow over one of his top transfer targets this week…
But now, it appears the Irons are set to miss out on the 23-year-old after a major update has emerged.
According to Sky in Italy, Serie A outfit AS Roma – managed by ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho – have agreed to a £34m deal to sign Abraham and it’s now on the Englishman to decide if he wants the move.
Fellow Italian side Atalanta are also keen, as are Arsenal, but Chelsea’s preference is to sell him to a foreign club rather than a Premier League rival.
Romelu Lukaku’s imminent mega-money return will push Abraham even further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, despite him featuring in all three of their pre-season friendlies thus far.
The Hammers may well have missed a trick here and it’ll surely leave many around the London Stadium absolutely reeling.
With the new Premier League season around the corner, quite literally as they open against Newcastle United this Sunday, Moyes has only one senior striker.
This has to be a major cause for concern as West Ham will be competing in the Europa League this term, meaning there’s a real possibility that they will play over 50 games throughout the year.
An injury-prone Michail Antonio, who has never started over 24 league games since joining the club in 2015, is the Scot’s only option. If he gets injured, then it’ll be likely down to winger Jarrod Bowen to lead the line.
In fact, it’s quite shocking that the club are yet to sign someone in the position as they’ve had several months to sort out viable candidates. By sitting around and doing nothing, they have effectively left targets like Abraham free to go elsewhere.
Described as a “goal machine” by former academy teammate Kasey Palmer and a “phenomenal player” by former top-flight manager Alex McLeish, Abraham would have been a very intriguing option for Moyes to have at his disposal and certainly one that offers a different kind of threat to Antonio.
Whilst the Chelsea forward seems unlikely to join a Premier League side, this is a saga that the Irons could well live to regret. If Moyes’ only striker gets injured or the goals dry up, then the fanbase will quite rightly be furious.