According to The Chronicle, Steve Bruce has asked to be kept informed about Tammy Abraham’s availability this summer.
Mark Douglas’ piece claims that ‘sources close to the player’ have named both Newcastle and West Ham as potential escape routes for the Chelsea striker who has fallen way down the pecking order since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.
Former Mag Jetro Willems is also mentioned, with us set to be offered the chance to sign the Dutchman on a free agent now he’s nearing the end of his contract at Frankfurt.
He’s said to remain keen on a return to the club, despite the fact we turned down the chance to re-sign him in January after only just recovering from an ACL injury.
The same report states that we’ll push to keep Joe Willock at the club – even if he’s likely to spend a portion of pre-season with the North London club – and also pursue potential loan deals that could replicate the impact the Arsenal loanee has had.
With limited funds likely to be available this summer, the only way I can see us landing Tammy Abraham is on loan – not that this would be a desirable option for the Blues when they’re said to be keen to cash in on the England international.
The Telegraph claim they’re holding out for £40m, so I can see West Ham using the money they received for Sebastien Haller – along with anything gained from potential European qualification – to make a big bid for the 23-year-old.
He needs game time, almost signed at St James’ Park under Rafa Benitez and did play under Steve Bruce during a 2018/19 loan spell at Aston Villa, however this one feels highly unlikely for a host of reasons.
I hope I’m proven wrong on Abraham, who’d be some signing, but it would be a good start to the summer if we resigned Willems and brought Willock back for at least another season.