It is now 27 days since various media first reported that Newcastle United had been given permission to speak to Tammy Abraham.
Yesterday (Tuesday 20 June), Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins surprisingly went public with his club’s interest in the striker, confirming that Newcastle were also in for Abraham but that a decision would only be made once the current Under 21 European Championships are over:
“We expect any decision will be made (by Tammy Abraham) once that (European Championships Under 21) tournament is over and we will see what he wants to do.
“It’s not just about us. There is a Newcastle link, Rafa Benitez spent time at Chelsea, which has been fed back to us, and he has also been linked with newly promoted Brighton.
“We have made our interest known and we now wait to see the outcome but we understand it is a big decision for the player to make.”
However, maybe Jenkins was happy to go public for a reason, with The Mirror now stating that Swansea City have won the ‘race’ to sign Tammy Abraham.
The newspaper reporting that a one year loan deal has been agreed for the 19 year old.
A major factor in the deal is claimed to be that Swansea Manager Paul Clement previously worked with the striker when he was at Stamford Bridge.
The Mirror also say that Newcastle ‘were unable to sort out the deal to the satisfaction of all parties’, with speculation that this revolved around Newcastle not willing to guarantee that Tammy Abraham would play a certain number of games.
A loan deal to a Premier League club looked a certainty as the next step, with the forward having scored 23 goals in the Championship for strugglers Bristol City last season, as well as another three in the cups.
Tammy Abraham and his England teammates will exit the Under 21 Euros on one of three dates – Thursday 22nd, Tuesday 27th, or Friday 30th June.
The three group winners and the best runner-up go into the semi-finals.
If England beat Poland on Thursday then they would be guaranteed to top the group and go through to the semi-finals which are played on Tuesday 27 June, with the possibility of a final on Friday 30th June.
If England draw then that would also be enough if Slovakia and Sweden also drew. Then there would also be the possibility of the Young Lions progressing as the best runners-up if Sweden or Slovakia did top the group.