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.
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)