Sky Sports have reported on Tuesday afternoon that Tammy Abraham should be a (season-long) Newcastle player by the end of this week.

The broadcaster says that their information is that Newcastle have succeeded in convincing player and club (Chelsea) that Newcastle is the right destination for the 19 year old striker to spend a year on loan.

Having scored 26 goals for a struggling Bristol City last season, including 23 in 40 Championship starts, Tammy Abraham was always going to be a striker in demand this summer.

The Times reported this morning that they’d been told Newcastle had beaten off the competition and now Sky Sports say that main rivals (for the striker) Brighton have now switched attention to Fraizer Campbell.

The former Sunderland forward will be a free agent when his Crystal Palace contract concludes at the end of June.

Sky say that Newcastle had to satisfy Chelsea that Abraham would be guaranteed to get regular football before any deal could be negotiated.

At 6ft 4, Tammy Abraham’s height would/will offer Newcastle United something a little bit different to Dwight Gayle, with the potential of the pair playing together as well.

Both Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic offered height but the Serbian’s painful lack of pace makes it very difficult for him to get involved enough, whilst at 34 Murphy will surely be on the bench at best if he is still at St James Park this coming season.

The media in Turkey claimed earlier today that Besiktas club officials are due to fly into Newcastle this week to negotiate the transfer of Mitrovic and whatever the truth of that, he is clearly a player Rafa Benitez doesn’t rate highly, having given him only 11 starts in the second tier this past season.

Would be nice to think that if Tammy Abraham does arrive on loan, there will still be another striker brought in to give Newcastle three forwards who could all share the load when it comes to goals and matches.

If a deal for the 19 year old Chelsea striker is completed, his arrival may be delayed as he is taking part in the Under 21s European Championships with England this month, the tournament going from Friday 16 to Friday 30 June.

Newcastle’s players due back for pre-season on Monday 3 July but Tammy Abraham likely to get some time off before joining his new teammates.

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  • Geordiegiants

    I hope all our hopes aren’t put on him and Gayle, although both on the face of it seem to be very useful players, neither of them are proven EPL goal scorers.

    • Mal

      Sometimes you have to take a chance and players surprise you as to what they can do.Andy Cole, Vardy – you never know until you try. Proven EPL scorers are perhaps out of our price range at the moment and let’s face it, if they’re that good, they will have better options than us at the moment. Hopefully in 2 or 3 years things will be different.

      • Clarko

        What on earth are you talking about? “Sometimes you have to take a chance”, you mean like our relegation season when we relied on Mitrovic? That worked out fine.

        “Proven EPL scorers are perhaps out of our price range”, and “they will have better options”, again, what are you talking about? It is reported that Newcastle have a £70m+, is that not enough? Which club would be a better option? Last seasons top 7, who else?

        • Toonarden

          ‘£70m+ is that not enough?”
          Are you kidding? That wouldn’t be enough to buy Lukaku’s left leg. We have to be realistic this season. As Mal says (quite rightly) that could change within a couple of seasons.

          • Clarko

            Everton value Lukaku over “£65m” (via Telegraph), is £70m+ not over £65m?

          • Geordiegiants

            One player.

          • Clarko

            Is that directed at me? You know there is a reply button? I also don’t know what you mean by “one player”?

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah via the reply button with your name on it. It’s written just next to your handle with an arrow pointing at my name to suggest i replied to you.
            “One player?”
            Meaning you would like us to blow our entire, made up out of thin air budget, on one player?

          • Clarko

            The reply was not featured initially.

            Where did I say that we should “blow our entire” budget on “one player”?

          • Geordiegiants

            So what are you suggesting to toonarden?

          • Clarko

            I was suggesting than £70m+ is greater than £65m.

          • Toonarden

            So it is. However the first rumblings about Lukaku’s transfer fee was around £90m. (Not that I think he’s worth that amount).

          • Clarko

            Again, the Telegraph reported that Everton value Lukaku over £65m, the Express is reporting that Chelsea have lodged a £70m bid, indicating his value.

            This however is irrelevant to Newcastle, you were being incredibly silly by including Lukaku into this discussion in order to try and justify a point, all of which was incorrect anyways.

          • Geordiegiants

            I wasn’t thinking about Lukaku or anyone in his price range to be fair, I was meaning a £25/30m type of forward, in the mould of a Deeney, a Berahino possibly. I know they aren’t Lukaku, I just mean a player that’s done it before at this level. My worry is we keep Perez and Murphy and rely on Gayle and Abraham.

        • Mal

          Who do you have in mind?

          • Clarko

            It is really irrelevant who I have in mind or what I would do with £70m+, it matters what is possible and who Benitez has in mind.

          • Mal

            Ah, I just thought that if you’re rubbishing someone’s opinion you would have something in mind to justify what you say. Apparently not.

          • Clarko

            I did justify what I said, it is in the first comment which you have apparently ignored.

          • Mal

            I didn’t ignore it, nor have I ignored any of your comments on this particular article. It’s simply that none of them offer anything constructive in the way of criticism or suggest something specific to back up your views.

          • Clarko

            Why would I offer “constructive criticism” in a debate/argument? This is how our “debate” has played out, you made, what I thought was an idiotic comment, I challenged that comment, you ignored the points/questions in my comment and changed the subject matter. Go back and read my initial reply to your comment and either counter my argument or concede.

          • Mal

            ”Why would I offer “constructive criticism” in a debate/argument?”
            Says it all really. It’s what you have to do to be taken seriously.

          • Clarko

            Yet you cannot answer the question. Why would I offer constructive criticism to an idiotic comment that I believe is wrong? I am not looking to improve or provide general feedback to your comment, I am looking to dismantle it.

            I would suggest that you either reply to my initial comment so we can debate the actual issue, instead of this drivel that you continue to peddle.

          • Mal

            ‘I am not looking to improve or provide general feedback to your comment, I am looking to dismantle it.’

            You can only dismantle a comment if you suggest an alternative. I really think you need to get a sense of perspective. This is a supporters’ website where as I see it we have a friendly discussion and comment on what’s we all think. We don’t have to be rude or call people’s views idiotic just because we disagree. I dread to think how you must react to something that’s really important. This was a bit of discussion about the possible loan deal for a young centre forward – it’s not WW3. No doubt you’ll be having another (angry) go, but don’t expect a response next time.

          • Clarko

            “You can only dismantle a comment if you suggest an alternative”, No. I stated which part of your comment I thought was wrong (“take a chance”) , I said why it was wrong (similarity to “our relegation season”) and used an example (Mitrovic). Comment dismantled. You do not know how to form an argument.

            I was trying to have a discussion, but you have and are continuing to refuse that invitation, I will refer you to the multiple times I have stated “reply to my initial comment”, which you continuously ignoring.

            I am calling your views idiotic, not other “people’s” views. If you feel offended by me calling you or your views idiotic then not only do you need to go and educate yourself, you need to grow up.

      • Geordiegiants

        I don’t disagree about taking a chance at all, Andy Cole was out of this world. I just hope these aren’t going to be our main strikers. We need a solid epl head leading the line.

    • Burt Humperdink

      If Mitro and Murphy go as they are expected I would certainly hope that we replace them with a 6′ plus bloke to offer something different. But also just for numbers sake alone unless they are going to play Armstrong, Revere or De Jong which seems unlikely then Perez, Gayle and Abraham won’t be enough.

      • Geordiegiants

        I’m not sure Murphy will go you know. I think he will be kept a season. Mitro has to go he is woeful.

  • Mark Kilmister

    Tammy looks like an instinctive striker inside the box, very similar to the way Gary Lineker played the game.

    Added to that he has decent pace compared to Mitro & Murphy meaning he would probably be a better option & suits Rafa’s way of playing in the long run.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    this kid looks the biz but Chelsea have asked for regular playing time, this being the case and as Rafa plays 4-2-3-1 & we already have Gayle it looks like a proven striker at this level has been put on the back burner
    now don`t get me wrong but isn`t this exactly what Fatso wants or am i being paranoid

    • Steve Smith

      There’s a high possibility that Lukaku may be going back to Chelsea. If that’s the case the likliehood of this loan turning into a permanent transfer has just increased.

      Assuming he can deliver at premier league level anyway!

      • Damon Horner

        probably true, Atsu was a loan to buy and I wouldn’t bet on this being the same and if the purchase agreement is something like £12mil and he has a stormer then we’re laughing. A future proven striker could have just signed on.

      • Mal

        I doubt that this deal will include an option to buy. Chelsea will want to see how he does in the PL before making decisions on his future. They won’t want to repeat previous mistakes. Hope you’re right though.

        • Steve Smith

          Definitely agree. I doubt there will be a clause for a permanent transfer. But if they’ve just spent a reported £80 million or roundabout on Lukaku, the chances of Tammy returning in 12 months time and dislodging him are very slim.

          I couldn’t see him being happy sat warming the bench at his age if he has a good season with us either.

          Then again he could flop for us in which case bullet dodged and none of this matters!

    • Damon Horner

      realistically which proven striker is there for the taking that is affordable and tactically fits?

      “Proven Striker” is an overrated viewpoint anyway because Swansea survived with unproven Llorente and Sunderland went down embarrassingly with proven Defoe.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Llorente was a top striker in Spain pal & a full international, he also played for Juventus !!
        so don`t give me a load of bull

        • Damon Horner

          Players who have been at the top level don’t always stay there though mate, he had come off the back of two average seasons at top clubs and was then in his 30’s when he signed.

          Experienced? yes. Guaranteed to succeed in a new league? not quite.

      • Geordiegiants

        Yeah you can use that about Defoe, but it is a known fact that you need a goal scorer or you stand no chance at all.

        • Damon Horner

          Absolutely. Goes without saying but the goalscorer doesn’t have to be Premier League proven.

          You mentioned Deeney but only two years ago he was not a young man and making his debut alongside Ighalo who had also no Premier League experience and they were fantastic. Great tactics can counter small handicaps like experience.

          • Geordiegiants

            I don’t disagree that there are diamonds in the rough, but they are few and far between or everyone would be trying them out every week, we will stand a better chance with a tried and tested goal scorer, but to be fair even that isn’t a guarantee, just the odds are better.

          • Damon Horner

            I just don’t see one out there who’s slot into the team willingly. You mentioned Deeney but the thought of signing a player with two years modest experience at the top level for £25mil at 29 years of age won’t be universally applauded.

            Personally I reckon it’s about how we now supply our strikers and where else can the goals come from.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      I reckon Gayle will continue scoring in the Prem. Think the key is going to be in the service from out wide. I think both Gayle and Tammy are instinctive strikers.

  • Down Under Mag

    This kid offers some pace and more importantly height up front. Without the need to spend big on a striker that frees up cash to go for another winger or someone who can deliver a good ball into the box for his height to benefit from and cash to shore up the backline. Buying a so-called “proven” goalscorer is never gong to be cheap and if this move allows more to be spent shoring up the defence and improving our midfield then I am all for it. Once we establish ourselves back in the top flight we can splash more cash on a permanent signing…

    • nevfur

      From what I read from Bristol coaches opinions Abrahams strength doesn’t lie in his heading despite his height.
      I have to agree with the opinions that Gayle will get plenty of opportunities to prove himself at PL level following last season and Abraham wouldn’t be coming without the promise of a decent crack so given that we play with one striker it looks unlikely our third choice will be a major signing. Will be interesting to see what happens but we just have to trust Rafa

  • Jimblag23

    I love this Andy Cole comparison.
    It’s like saying “it’s gonna be like signing ronaldo!” when we bought Obertan.

    Saying that, I’m excited about Abraham. But just cos he played for Bristol City doesn’t make him Andy Cole.

  • Mrkgw

    Unlike other sites which report Newcastle supporters as ‘buzzing’ about this signing, I remain highly dubious. For one, it’s a loan and nothing more. No option to buy – a mere measly loan. Secondly, he is untested in the Premiership. Massive risk if you ask me.

  • 1957

    We may only get this kid for a year and truthfully unless Benitez has undergone a major change in his football philosophy or he now sees Gayle warming the bench I don’t see Abraham getting that many starts.

    He will be a huge upgrade though on the boy who the Chronicle are now touting as our next local hero, the 21 year old Tom Herdman. I saw him a few times a couple of years back and again at the back end of last season and he hasn’t a hope of making it in the PL imo.