Tammy Abraham has agreed to join Newcastle United for their return to the Premier League according to The Times.

The newspaper stating as fact that the Magpies ‘have won the race to sign Tammy Abraham’ in a loan deal.

The Times – Tuesday 6 June:

‘Newcastle United have won the race to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea as Rafa Benítez looks to bolster his attack for their return to the Premier League.’

A visit by Rafa Benitez to the England Under 21 training camp was previously said to have helped swing the deal, although there were media claims over the weekend that Brighton were still being considered by the player.

Scoring 23 Championship goals in only 40 starts (plus three in the cups) for struggling Bristol City last season, the 19 year old was always going to be in demand.

Monday saw Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling declare that Tammy Abraham could secure ‘hero’ status if he carried on scoring at Newcastle in the Premier League.

The final England Under 21 squad for the European Championships was announced on Monday and as expected, Tammy Abraham was one of those included.

England start their Group A matches against holders Sweden on Friday 16 June and then play Slovakia on Monday 19 June, before finally hosts Poland on Thursday 22 June 22.

The tournament is being covered by Sky Sports and so Newcastle fans are likely to be able to see their alleged new signing in action for his country.

The Under 21 European Championships end on Friday 30 June, which is only three days before Newcastle players report back for pre-season training.

So if Abraham has indeed agreed to join Rafa Benitez, he would almost certainly be given some time off before joining up with the rest of the squad.

England’s Under 21 squad for the European Championships:

Gunn (Manchester City), Mitchell (Derby), Pickford (Sunderland), Chambers (Arsenal), Chilwell (Leicester), Hause (Wolves), Holding (Arsenal), Holgate (Everton), Iorfa (Wolves), Mawson (Swansea), Stephens (Southampton), Targett (Southampton), Baker (Chelsea), Chalobah (Chelsea), Grealish (Aston Villa), Hughes (Derby), Swift (Reading), Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Abraham (Chelsea), Gray (Leicester), Murphy (Norwich), Redmond (Southampton), Woodrow (Fulham)

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  • Geordiegiants

    I can’t say it’s something I’m excited about. Rafa knows what he is doing, but he is unproven at this level so it’s nothing to get up and shout about, yet!

  • Leazes Ender

    When does the Rafalution start?

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      If we don’t spend 300 million pounds and challenge for silverware in year 1 back in the prem, this will all be a failure then?

  • Rich Lawson

    And yet, another paper today claims how impressed he is with Brighton in talks with Hughton ??

  • brin mcardle

    My Fulham supporters mates say he was superb against them….its a great start to the Premiership in my opinion..pace and a nose for goal

  • Phil K

    Until he signs, it isn’t happening. He reminds me of a certain Andrew Cole in his play. Goal moocher. Far more so than Mitrovic who the fans love due to his effort, but too many chances, too few goals. This lad WILL score. Unfortunately only for the one season. I’d go for the other young lad pushing to get into Chelsea line up Batsyi-something or other

  • Jezza

    I’d like to see this transfer come off. The young lad looks to be a very exciting prospect.

    • Mrkgw

      Only issue Jezza is that I can’t get my head around this loan without an option to purchase. Seems to me that the main gain will be Chelseas at the end of the day. Surely we aren’t so desperate that the club can’t afford a striker.

      • Jezza

        Unfortunately the only way to get the player to St James’s Park at this moment in time will be a loan with no option to buy. I can’t see Chelsea being prepared to sell such an exciting young player at this very early stage of his career. If we do get the lad on loan I would sincerely hope it would not be our only striker signing of the summer.

        • Mrkgw

          Yes, I also hope that we manage some good signings. As usual however, many players feel that they need to be playing in London. Bizarre but it’s something that we need to accept. Even Rafa can’t guarantee new faces as just look at Semedo who has opted to move elsewhere.