Newcastle have been given permission to talk to Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, but will face competition from Brighton for his signature this summer reports the Telegraph.
It is believed that Chelsea aim to tie down the England U-21 striker to a new long-term contract before loaning him out next season, with the intention to integrate him into the first-team squad in the years to come.
The 19-year-old broke onto the scene in outstanding fashion last season, scoring an incredible 23 Championship goals for relegation threatened Bristol City last season – the second highest total in the league, equalling Dwight Gayle’s impressive tally.
The rangy striker has impressed me whenever i’ve seen him, with his lively movement, deadly finishing and 6ft 4 frame giving him every chance of becoming a top striker.
Here are @tammyabraham 26 goals in his 1st ever professional season.
A deffo goal poacher and a future star…
— Uber Chelsea FC ? (@UberCheIseaFC) May 7, 2017
The Telegraph claim Brighton are currently leading the way for his signature (more able to guarantee him constant first team football perhaps?), but with Abraham looking one England’s best young talents, he looks to be worth a punt this summer.
My only reservation (and it’s a big one for a player wanting regular first team football) is could Newcastle risk playing an inexperienced 19-year-old up top in the Premier League week in week out?
I suspect we’d love him in our ranks as an option, but Chelsea are only likely to allow him to leave for a club that can guarantee him constant first-team football.